"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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