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Intel offers new Optane, 3D NAND updates

Intel introduced the second generation of Optane storage-class memory, code-named Barlow Pass, which will be released in 2020 along with the next-generation Xeon CPU. Intel also revealed that it is developing 144-layer QLC (4-bit/cell) NAND flash for data centers. Solid state drives are also scheduled for launch next year.

Intel disclosed at a press conference in South Korea on September 26 and also announced plans to operate a new Optane technology development line at its plant in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Large amounts of machine-generated data often require real-time analysis to make these data valuable. This demand exposes the gap in the memory storage hierarchy: DRAM is not big enough and SSD is not fast enough. Intel said the gap is a highlight of its Optane DC persistent memory. Moreover, if a larger data set is needed, the Intel Optane technology connected through the storage interface will fill this gap.

In addition, vendors say hard drives are getting faster and faster than data-centric computing—the combination of Intel Optane technology and QLC NAND. Intel Optane is a unique combination of materials, structure and performance that other current memory and storage technologies cannot match.

Several customers, including Microsoft, are leveraging Intel's memory and storage solutions, including Microsoft, which are making major changes to their client operating systems to support many of the new features offered by Intel Optane's permanent memory, such as fast boot and the game loads.

Intel also demonstrated its next-generation Intel Optane technology single-port SSD for major enterprise customers, which is expected to be available in 2020.