Intel 3D Xpoint SSDs Spotted At Validation Bodies, Will Be 7x Faster When Under Que Depth Of 1
Intel 3D Xpoint SSDs has been spotted at validation bodies, which means that the productions models of these ultra fast SSDs are already available and it has been confirmed that these SSDs are using NVMe standard.
The Intel 3D Xpoint SSDs have been validated by University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability lab, confirming these SSDs are NVMe compliant and will function with NVMe compatible hardware.
However, SSDs based on 3D Xpoint will be too fast for traditional SATA or SAS SSD connections, which would easily limit the drive’s performance. It is being speculated that Intel helped to design the NVMe interface because the company is working on a new memory type.
Last month a roadmap for Intel’s Ultra Fast SSD storage technology leaked on the internet, which suggested that consumers might be seeing the Xpoint memory in the end products by the end of 2016.
The 3D Xpoint memory is the major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since NAND flash in 1989. This Non-Volatile memory is exactly in between the existing NAND and DRAM technologies, and what is more interesting is that the 3D Xpoint SSDs has the benefits of both.
Intel has already announced that the company will bring a new memory type to the consumer SSDs in 2016, which will offer up to 5.5 times more performance compared to Intel’s NAND based DC P3700 NVMe SSDS for general workloads. However, Intel has announced that these SSDs will be 7x faster when under a que depth of 1.
However, Intel not only seems to utilize the Xpoint memory in traditional SSDs, but also plans to offer “System Acceleration”. System Acceleration is a high speed caching solution for traditional SSDs and HDDs.
Theoretically, a System Accelerator will cache the frequent used files by the user and using this can exceed the storage speed to that of traditional SSD, and will deliver almost RAMDISK like performance.
There is no doubt that Intel’s Xpoint memory will change the way people think about storage, and hopefully we will learn more about it in the future.