Intel, Micron debut 3D XPoint storage technology that’s 1000 times faster than …

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Intel and Micron Announce New Breed of Memory Chip.

Intel and Micron say they have designed a new class of memory chip that could radically improve the performance of smartphones, desktops, laptops, and other computing devices.

Traditional computers—including PCs and laptops as well as the data center servers that drive the world’s Internet services—are built around a processor, some DRAM, and a hard drive. The DRAM holds the short-term data that the processor needs to drive the machine at any given moment, while the hard drive holds applications and long-term data. However, many machines now use faster flash drives in lieu of hard drives, while smartphones and tablets use flash in place of both hard drives and memory.

Neither would comment on the cost of the development but Mark Durcan, CEO of Micron said “It didn’t come cheaply.” The new memory will likely require a rethinking in how traditional PCs are design eventually as today’s SATA and its replacement would be too slow. Analytics and Big Data today are done in either large monolithic data centers or scale-out data centers,” he says. “This technology enables ‘edge analytics,’ meaning Big Data could be done outside of these kinds of data centers, closer to the data. Companies such as Crossbar and Everspin Technologies say that have built technology similar to 3D XPoint, and a few years ago, HP revealed hardware that used memristors, a new fundamental component of computing that could be used to build both processors and long-term storage.

HP is now building a system using this technology, called The Machine, which it says it will ship by the end of the decade. 3D XPoint technology may still be a long way from market.

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