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Intel XPoint SSD roadmap leaks

Intel XPoint SSD roadmap leaks

Intel XPoint SSD roadmap leaks

Intel XPoint SSD roadmap leaks

 

A new roadmap for Intel's Ultra fast SSD storage plans has leaked at Benchlife.info, revealing that we may be seeing XPoint memory in consumer products by the end of the year.

Intel's 3D XPoint memory technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989, bringing to the market a Non-Volatile memory which sits almost exactly in between existing NAND and DRAM technologies with the benefits of both.   

Intel has already announced that this new memory technology will be making its way into consumer SSDs in 2016 and will offer up to 5.5x the speed of Intel's NAND based DC P3700 NVMe SSDS under most workloads and up to 7x faster when under a que depth of 1, which has traditionally been where traditional SSDs are at their weakest.

 

Intel XPoint SSD roadmap leaks

 

As well as using their new XPoint memory in traditional SSD storage devices it seems that Intel is planning on offering what they call "System Acceleration", which is currently thought to be a high speed caching solution for traditional SSD or HDD storage medium. 

In theory, a system accelerator will cache frequently used files and provide your system with storage speeds that can exceed that of traditional SSDs and offer almost RAMDISK like performance for cached files.  

It is clear that Intel's new XPoint memory will change the way that a lot of systems builders think about storage, combining a fast cache with a more budget/capacity oriented SSD instead of a top of the line performance oriented SSD. Hopefully, we will learn more about this new technology soon.  

 

You can join the discussion on Intel's leaked XPoint Roadmap on the OC3D Forums.  

 

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