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Intel experiments with 3D Xpoint as it ships out SSDs to testers

Agam Shah | July 22, 2016
The company is still looking for a good fit for its 3D Xpoint memory and storage technology

3D Xpoint could possibly drive changes in server designs. Arrays with 3D Xpoint SSDs could also serve as both memory and storage, providing flexibility in a small space. 3D Xpoint memory DIMMs could be decoupled from servers into specialized chassis, which could provide more in-memory capacity for applications like SAP HANA. 

Intel still doesn't know how big the market for 3D Xpoint is because the company is still exploring the technology's uses. But the memory DIMMs could find wide adoption and could replace volatile memory that can't retain data.

"When I think where the big volume will come from, it'll come in the DIMM form factor," Krzanich said.


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