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3D XPoint – Intel’s New Storage Chip is 1,000 Times Faster Than Flash Memory

by onJuly 30, 2015

Today, Intel and Macron announced their all-new memory technology known as 3D XPoint (pronounced as cross-point), a new kind of memory technology.Its going into production and is up to 1,000 times faster than the NAND Flash storage employed in memory cards and computers’ solid state drives (SSDs). Moreover, it can be used as a system memory as well as nonvolatile storage. 3D XPoint may also be replace as a computer’s RAM and its solid-state drive (SSD).

The new technology doesn’t use transistors and it’s not electron-based storage. It principally depends only on a bulk material property change to substitute bits from a low-resistance to a high-resistance state.
NAND latency is used to measured in microseconds, and 3D XPoint technology latency actually measured in nanoseconds (one-billionth of a second).

With a consumer-grade SSD writing 40GB/day for 5 years, associate degree XPoint SSD could write 40TB/day for 5 years, essentially creating SSD endurance restrictions a issue of the past.

An XPoint microchip can store 128 Gbits (16 GB), which suggests a 3D XPoint SSD can have a similar capability vary as a current SSD victimization 128 Gbit NAND chips that are 1 bit/cell, SLC, or single level cell NAND.

3D XPoint - Intel’s New Storage Chip is 1,000 Times Faster Than Flash Memory

It is surely clear that with its super high performance, 3D XPoint technology can easily improve the laptop expertise to an over-sized scale, particularly in recreation, as vast amounts of knowledge are often loaded into the memory earlier. Additionally, any applications that need low-latency storage also will derive advantage from 3D XPoint.

According to the terms of technology, 3D Xpoint memory includes the characteristics of cross-point array structure, stackable, selector and fast-switching cell.

3D XPoint technology, that is currently in production are going to be sampled later this year with chosen customers. supported the technology, Intel and Macronic are developing individual product that are expected to be obtainable someday in 2016. Each of them haven’t selected licensing the technology.

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