Intel launches new Optane 3D XPoint SSD memory cum RAM

Optane SSD fast enough to be used as memory extender: Intel

Meet Optane: Intel Releases First SSDs With 3D XPoint Memory Tech

Higher capacity models as well as U.2 form factor variants will follow later this year.

The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is the first product to combine the attributes of memory and storage, On March 19, 2017, Intel announced the first product for $1,520 USA dollars, 375GB PCI SSD card.

Intel has revealed its new Optane SSD DC P4800X Series paired with its new memory drive technology to drive storage and memory architectures for the data centre.

Intel will also DRAM modules along with the SSD from the year 2018.

The Intel Optane DC P4800X SSD is available now for $1,520, albeit in limited availability.

In a curiously low-key Sunday announcement, Intel formally launched the first product based on its highly touted "3D Xpoint" memory technology.

As for 3D XPoint, it is a non-volatile memory technology developed in collaboration between Intel and Micron back in mid-2015.

The Optane SSD DC P4800X Series has a capacity of 375 GB and can handle 30 drive writes with 12.3 petabytes written per day, according to Intel's specifications for the technology.

The new drives can be dropped into the server without the need for any BIOS changes for an instant performance upgrade. By providing more - and more cost-effective - memory, the latest SSD can enable applications driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, such as faster trading and better medical insights, Intel said.

Prices for this initial rollout are expected to be about 3X NAND. This solution transparently integrates the drive into the memory subsystem and presents the SSD as DRAM to the OS and applications. The drive is also rather resilient as it will be used in data centers which write and rewrite swathes of data at a time.

Intel also offered figures in support of its claims, with latency times quoted as less than 60 or 100 microseconds for 99.999 percent of the operations with a queue depth of 1.

Now, Intel is confident enough in its product that it has finally begun shipping its first Optane product - albeit exclusively to carefully-selected partners in what the company calls an 'early ship programme' ahead of a vague 2H 2017 roll-out plan.

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