Intel announces Optane – the SSD which can be also used as RAM
Way back in 2015, we do have 3D Xpoint Memory which was announced by Intel and Micron. Both the companies claimed that 3D Xpoint Memory would be 1,000 times faster than the modern SSDs. However, this new class of memory was advertised both as non-volatile as well as system memory.
That simply means that this new type of memory can replace both a PC SSD and RAM.
In the year 2015 Intel claimed that 3D Xpoint Memory is the significant breakthrough in the storage field. Now, based on this superfast 3D storage technology, Intel unveiled the Optane SSD DC P4800X.
Intel’s Optane SSD DC P4800X is a 375GB SSD (Solid State Drive) which is designed for the NVMe and PCI Express slots in servers. It is a product that is heavily focused at data centers with huge read/write loads and low latency, and the best part of is it can be also used as RAM.
The tech giant claims it is “the first product to combine the attributes of memory and storage,” and it was the world’s most responsive data center solid state drive. If you want to know the specification of Optane SSD DC P4800X here it is:
|Capacity||Latency||Quality of Service: 99.999%||Throughput||Endurance||Form Factor|
|375 GB||<10µs||4 KB random queue depth1, read/write: <60/100 µs
4 KB random queue depth 16, read/write: <150/200 µs
|IOPs random 4 KB read/write: up to 550,000/500,000
IOPS random 4 KB 70/30 mixed read/write: up to 500,000
|30 DWPD; 12.3 petabytes written (PBW)||AIC (HHHL)|
Right now it is available in limited quantity, and it carries the price tag of $1,520 or ~Php62,5k.
Also, according to Ars Technica – “In the second quarter, a 750GB PCIe model, and a 375GB model in the U.2 form factor will be released, and in the second half of the year, a 1.5TB PCIe card, and 750GB and 1.5TB U.2 stick, are planned.”
Source: Intel | via Ars Technica