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3D XPoint might change computing as much as SSDs did

Stephen Lawson | July 29, 2015
The 3D XPoint memory technology that Intel and Micron announced Tuesday is new to its core and took years to develop, but that work may pay dividends in both living rooms and data centers.

"It's hard to overstate the kind of impact that this could have," said Pund-IT analyst Charles King. Just as the falling cost of DRAM has made in-memory databases like SAP's Hana feasible, 3D XPoint could bring very high-speed data access to a broader market, including consumer systems -- probably beginning with high-end gaming PCs, he said.

The new memory, in turn, may help to drive system builders toward faster pipes between storage and CPU. Intel has been pushing NVME (Non-Volatile Memory Express) to take full advantage of the speed of flash, and 3D XPoint raises the stakes again. "It's incredibly important for a technology like this," Crooke said.

 

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