Micron: 3D XPOINT memory is four to five times as expensive as nand

Aug

10

2016

Micron announced it will release the company’s products in 2017 with 3D XPOINT storage technique called QuantX. According to the manufacturer, the rapid 3D XPOINT four to five times more expensive than NAND memory which is now used in SSDs.

Miron QuantX Micron goes with his QuantX products purely focus on data centers and enterprise applications. The memory manufacturer sees the 3D XPOINT technology not as an interesting option for the consumer because of the higher price compared to NAND memory.

Micron CEO Jon Carter made ​​the statements at the Flash Memory Summit conference, which was attended by Computerworld. Micron also made at the conference known QuantX brand. 3D XPOINT memory, according to Carter half as expensive as dram, and that should make it interesting for many data centers where memory is being used.

3D XPOINT by Micron and Intel developed and, according to the two manufacturers to a thousand times faster than NAND memory. It must combine the speed of memory with the storage capacity of flash memory. Intel comes up with its own products based on 3D XPOINT under the heading Optane.

A recently published roadmap would prove that Intel wants to deliver with his Kaby Lake processor generation Optane-SSD’s at the end of 2016. Carter expects Optane-SSD from Intel is not the end of this year, but in the first quarter of 2017 on the come to market. Unlike Intel, Micron will bring the art or to the consumer:. In 2.5 “-ssd and in M2-SSDs for tablets and laptops in April, Intel showed a prototype of a Optane-SSD at a speed of 2 GB / s.

Carter does not rule out that later QuantX products appear on mobile devices, but according to Micron CEO will take some time. The first revenues from sales of 3D XPOINT devices Micron expects the second half of 2017, would in 2018 which should play a greater role, but only in 2019 Carter is expecting a real breakthrough. He argues that the question, in any case is not the problem; many companies would already require 3D XPOINT products. Micron keeps himself busy with screwing the capacity to meet the coming years the demand.

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