Intel Optane memory, which set out to revolutionize the memory industry, was completely closed to the end user this week. Intel plans to provide this technology to its partners.
Developed between Intel and Micron with the slogan of a revolution in the memory industry, 3D XPoint technology can be disappointing. The technology used under the Intel Optane brand had to suffer some restrictions.
What is Intel Optane?
Built on the non-variable memory technology based on NAND memory, 3D XPoint can be 1000 times faster and 1000 times more durable than NAND memory. It can also offer 10 times more density and capacity than standard memory. In this way, costs decrease, delay times decrease, capacity and performance increase.
3D XPoint consists of a stack of cells that are placed between bit lines and text lines and can be accessed individually. Combined with a key system for data storage and recall, this structure does not use the data storage method by trapping electrons. Instead, data can be stored by changing a property in the material of the memory cell.
3D XPoint memory allows memory cells to be packaged shorter and closer together, reach higher densities, and the processing of small data packets results in faster and more efficient I / O performance.
End of an era
Intel had been marketing the new memory technology under the Optane designation for some time. Intel Optane, which is impressive with its performance, however, remained in a slightly more buffered status due to the high price tags and could not progress.
In a statement, Intel decided to end the Optane Memory M10, 800P, 900P and 905P SSD models offered to the end user. Thus, commercial Optane memory for PC has been completely eliminated.
Intel will focus on the Optane Memory H20 series instead. Optane Memory H20 series, which uses Optane memory together with QLC NAND modules, appeals mostly to laptop manufacturers.
Intel’s complete disabling of the end user raised questions. Especially the coincidence of the new CEO change may indicate that Intel does not want to bear too much cost in the coming period. The partnership with Micron had already ended and the shares were shared.