At IDF 2015 this year Intel has announced that their forthcoming 3D XPoint technology based products will be sold under a new brand for the company, Optane.

The Optane products will be available in 2016, in both standard SSD (PCIe) form factors for everything from Ultrabooks to servers, and in a DIMM form factor for Xeon systems for even greater bandwidth and lower latencies.  As expected, Intel will be providing storage controllers optimized for the 3D XPoint memory, though no further details on that subject matter were provided. This announcement is in-line with Intel and Micron’s original 3D XPoint announcement last month, which also announced that 3D XPoint would be out in 2016.

Finally, as part of the Optane announcement, Intel also gave the world’s first live 3D XPoint demonstration. In a system with an Optane PCIe SSD, Intel ran a quick set of live IOps benchmarks comparing the Optane SSD to their high-end P3700 SSD. The Optane SSD offered better than 5x the IOps of the P3700 SSD, with that lead growing to more than 7x at a queue depth of 1, a client-like workload where massive arrays of NAND like the P3700 traditionally struggle to achieve maximum performance.

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  • thetuna - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Yeah... no.
    We already tried that with dinky SSD caches.
  • jjj - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link

    Maybe in 3-4 years. They got no reason to sell it that cheap when they can sell all they make for a lot more.
  • Impulses - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    Probably, tho the X25-M fell dramatically in price from the first gen to the second, so there's a precedent for a quicker drop on their part. Even at $2-4/GB it'd be cheaper than the original X25-M too...
  • prisonerX - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link

    I think you're wildly optimistic. Because of relatively low volumes and specialist applications, you're more likely to see 2x or 4x that initially. Tech prices fall, but always from a high base.
  • cnxsoft - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

    I've just checked the price for a P3700 SSD on Amazon... A 400 GB SSD already costs $900, so the 3D XPoint version should be even more.
  • vred - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link

    It is unoptaneable.
  • AnnonymousCoward - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - link

  • ddriver - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link

    A kidney would suffice.
  • Timbrelaine - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link

    Maybe in America. With VAT I wouldn't be surprised to see prices hit two kidneys in Europe.
  • Pietje Bel - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - link

    It wil about have the price of DRAM per GByte.

    So that's roughly 10 times more expansive as NAND flash memory per GByte!

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