Intel and Micron have been collaborating for years on various memory technologies, including NAND flash memory and the bleeding-edge 3D Xpoint memory currently used on Intel’s Optane-branded products.
A few months back, the companies jointly announced that their collaboration on NAND flash memory had come to an end, but that they would continue to work on 3D Xpoint memory, which many believe could have a major impact on PC and server architectures moving forward.
3D Xpoint is an interesting technology because it offers many of the benefits of both DRAM and NAND flash memory. 3D Xpoint is a non-volatile memory type, which can offer significantly better performance than NAND flash memory, but at access time closer to DRAM. 3D XPoint is also more durable than traditional NAND flash memory (i.e. it has better endurance), but with similar capability to scale in density. A large pool of 3D Xpoint, for example, could replace both the DRAM and legacy storage hardware in a system and offer massive performance gains – if the…
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