The Intel Optane technology is based on the 3D XPoint non-volatile memory media and combined with the company's system memory controller, interface hardware and software IP, they are expected to unleash performance potential in a range of forthcoming products. Intel Optane technology will first come to market in a new line of high-endurance, high-performance Intel SSDs. The new class of memory technology will also power a new line of Intel DIMMs designed for Intel's next-generation data center platforms.
3D Xpoint memory media can be 10 times denser than DRAM, and 1,000 times faster and durable than flash storage. Developed jointly by Intel and Micron, 3D Xpoint's memory cells sit in a three-dimensional mesh. The structure ensures data can be written in small sizes and faster read and write speeds.
Intel has demonstrated Optane storage operating at approximately seven times faster than its current SSDs.