Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Intel Says Their New SSD is The World's Most Responsive

Intel Says Their New SSD is The World's Most Responsive

In the future, there will be a 750GB version of this available, along with a 375GB model in a U.2 form factor.

Intel has this week unveiled its new and very first Optane solid state drive (SSD) which comes equipped with 3D XPoint memory and specifically designed for enterprise applications.

Intel's new Optane solid-state drives, designated P4800X, seek to combine the attributes of memory and storage in the same device.

Intel expects 3D XPoint to account for 10% of the memory division's revenue in 2017, "ramping much more into 2018", Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich told investors in January.

That could be appealing for data centre operators such as cloud services providers, which Intel says typically see low queues most of the time in the real world. Along with speed improvements, Intel and memory partner Micron (NASDAQ: MU) said previous year they hoped to convince potential enterprise customers that XPoint memory platforms are more durable than current NAND flash technology as well as providing as much as a ten-fold increase in storage density for persistent data compared to DRAM. 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.

But the sales pitch for Intel (INTC) and Micron's (MU) 3D XPoint (pronounced "3D cross-point") next-gen memory revolves around the technology's ability to to provide a "middle ground" between ubiquitous DRAM and nearly-ubiquitous NAND flash memory.

The Intel company has revealed its first 3D XPoint drive, the DC P4800X.

The initial release is limited so don't expect to order one for your gaming PC, in fact putting this in your gaming PC would be doing it a disservice. This method integrates the drive into the memory subsystem and presents the SSD in the form of DRAM to the OS and apps. Intel is calling its 3D XPoint SSDs Optane drives, Taking into account hardware and software overhead as well.

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.

The drives are available immediately to Intel customers in the early ship program.

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