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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

Intel has tuned its Optane gaming drives with the 905P upgrade on the 900P, broadly doubling capacity and slightly boosting topline performance. The Optane 900P came in a 2.5-inch (U2) format with 280GB capacity and a half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC) format with 280 and 480GB capacities. Chipzilla has given the 905P …
Chris Mellor, 3 May 2018
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Chinese boffins on 3D XPoint: If it works like phase-change memory, it's probably phase-change memory

Analysis A team of scientists from China have asserted that 3D XPoint is essentially phase-change memory, which manufacturers Intel and Micron have not publicly admitted. Phase-change memory (PCM) exploits properties of chalcogenide alloy, the internal state of which varies between crystalline and amorphous phases with different levels …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
Intel's new 800P Optane SSDs

Mum? Dad? Can I have a 3D XPoint disk for my birthday?

Intel's launched new and low-ish end versions of its Optane solid state disks based on 3D XPoint non-volatile memory. The new Optane SSD 800P comes in 58GB and 118GB variants, both in the M.2 2280 form factor and requiring an NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 interface. Intel's advised the product can be used "as a standalone SSD, in a dual …
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Samsung preps for Z-SSD smackdown on Intel Optane drives

Samsung is launching its ambitious supercharged NAND Z-SSD in competition with Intel's P4800X Optane drive. Specs for the SZ985 Z-NAND drive were revealed in November, displaying close-to-Optane performance, slightly lower latency, faster read/write bandwidth and random read but lower random write IOPS.   Tech Capacity R/ …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2018
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Whomp. Intel's promised fatter Optane drive arrives

The 750GB version of Intel's Optane P4800X product is becoming available this month, doubling the current 375GB capacity. There are two form factors for the 750gig product: the current half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC) and a hot-swappable 2.5-inch U.2 drive. Intel has also posted four blogs discussing Optane …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017
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Chipzilla drops dinkier Optane SSD, but don't expect it in data centres

As spotted a couple of days ago, Intel has announced a smaller Optane drive – the 900P. Optane is Intel's brandname for its 3D XPoint solid state technology which, with its <10µs latency, is faster than flash but slower than main memory. Intel is positioning it as a persistent memory cache between DRAM and NAND. It follows on …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017
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Wikibon drops bomb, says Intel's Optane could be a flop...tane

Intel's Optane 3D XPoint drives could be doomed to fail in the mass market because their performance and endurance advantages over 3D NAND SSDs are "nominal". So claims Wikibon CTO David Floyer in a report that looks at Optane's performance and endurance advantages over 3D Flash by comparing Intel's 32GB Optane Series PCIe M.2 …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2017
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Poor old Intel. No flash profits for you

Analysis Intel is a formidable competitor in the enterprise and consumer SSD business but it has yet to stop losing money. The key to that looks to be increasing SSD sales volume and making XPoint a success. In its latest quarterly results and among the record quarter news there were these information nuggets: Non-Volatile Memory …
Chris Mellor, 4 May 2017
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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

Memory-centric analyst firm TrendFocus reckons Intel's Optane is going to take years to make a difference in the data centre, which means using it in PCs is as good as it will get for the foreseeable future. The good news is that Optane screams in PCs: the firm cites a Gamespot review to assert that a PC with Optane and a 1TB …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2017
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Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

Hot on the heels of the Optane DC P4800X data centre SSD announcement, Intel makes a move on PC motherboard memory. Optane uses co-developed Intel and Micron 3D XPoint memory, said to be not as fast as DRAM, but faster than NAND, while having NAND's non-volatility and pricing between the two. The M.2-connected Optane 2280 …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2017
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Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

Intel has finally revealed an Optane product and told us how fast it will go. The TL;DR version is that the “Optane SSD DC P4800X” will ship by year-end, starting with a 375GB product that has amazing computed random read IOPS numbers, and can work as memory or as storage. Intel says the SSD is built with 3D Xpoint media, …
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XPoint: Leaked Intel specs reveal 'launch-ready' SSD – report

Leaked Intel Optane SSD specs show much higher endurance and lower latency than NAND SSDs and good, but not great, IO performance. M.2 format 16GB and 32GB caching Optane drives have already been announced, but no add-in-card/SSD-type drives yet. However, the Chinese TechBang website says it has seen a data sheet for an Intel …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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IBM Bluemix to offer Intel 3D XPoint-powered cloud in late 2017

IBM has quietly revealed that in “In the second half of 2017” its Bluemix cloud will offer “a broad services suite fuelled by Intel Optane”.' “Optane” is Intel's official name for 3D Xpoint, its non-volatile memory that's faster than NAND Flash, persistent and therefore a very interesting alternative to both random access …

Micron scrambling up wall of revenues pit

Micron has reversed its downward trend and pulled off a fourth fiscal 2016 quarter with increased revenues and decreased losses. The mainly DRAM and flash foundry company reported revenues of $3.22bn, up 11 per cent on the preceding quarter but 11 per cent down on the year; there is still a ways to go. The net loss was $170m, …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2016
Everspin's perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) based ST-MRAM

Non-volatile MRAM coming to servers in early 2017

Non-volatile RAM outfit Everspin says it's almost ready to ship non-volatile 256-megabit DDR3 chips and expects they'll soon find a home in your next server or array. 256 megabits is just 32 megabytes, which doesn't sound worthy of a DIMM slot even if, as Everspin claims, its kit can sustain writes 100,000 times faster than is …
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'Limitless enterprise storage'. Really? Digging deeper into Symbolic IO

Backgrounder Remember the company we wrote about yesterday? The startup with the startling technology which claimed its storage and compute technology could run database queries 60 times or more faster than other systems, and offers ”limitless enterprise storage". Well here's a Q&A that sheds a little more light on the tech. The main …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jun 2016
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Vendor: Do we need Quality of Service with shared storage arrays?

The Storage Architect I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service (QoS) in shared storage arrays. His thinking went as follows: if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS? At first this seems like a reasonable …
Chris Evans, 8 Apr 2016
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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

Next year, the world will start using products with an amazing new type of memory in them - or so say Intel and Micron, allied to produce the 3D XPoint chippery. This is, we're told, a radical resistive-RAM technology that is bit-addressable, non-volatile, and forms a new memory tier between DRAM and NAND. That means software …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015

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