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Intel to ship Optane memory products in the M2 format

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January 4, 2017

At CES today, Intel has announced that it will soon ship its Optane memory products in the M2 format sometime in the second quarter.

Optane is Intel’s new branding program for its 3D X-Point memory, jointly developed with Micron and consists of a non-volatile memory that is faster than NAND but slower than DRAM.

Intel says that “a hard disk drive coupled with Intel Optane memory affordably gives you SSD- like speed while maintaining large-storage capacity.

Intel also added that it will deliver amazing desktop responsiveness as well, in its statement.

The chip giant asserted that it will also develop both DIMM and SSD XPOint devices and that the first SSDs are being revealed at the annual CES Last Vegas show in the shape of these M.2 products.

There are two capacity levels-- 16 GB and 32 GB, and the memory devices are a disk drive cache memory option for its i7 Kaby Lake 7th generation Core CPUs.

They will also be sold separately for use with certified “Intel Optane memory ready” motherboards and other various platforms.

A system that is Intel Optane memory ready will also include either a 7th Gen Intel Core or Xeon E3 v6 processor, at Intel's discretion, we are told.

To be sure, Intel is pushing its Optane as a disk drive caching device, a role that flash has used for several years already.

However, it doesn't compare such Optane caching to flash caching, which suggests the perceived difference will not be significant, in our estimate.

Source: Intel Corp.


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