Intel Corporation has unveiled a new type of computer memory that could revolutionize the computer technology industry. The innovative development is called 3D XPoint. It combines the functions of two types of memory and allows you to create storage of information that will work 1000 times faster than most hard drives. Intel is still keeping a secret how the new technology works.
Traditionally, computers use two types of "storage" to store information - hard drives, where data is stored even after a power outage, and separate DRAM cells. DRAM is used for short-term storage and is faster but more expensive and smaller than hard drives.
3D Xpoint will replace both types of memory, while Intel claims it will perform 1, 000 times more than hard drives and 10 times more storage than DRAM.
The first product in the line will be memory called Optane, which should replace existing solid-state SSD-drives. However, judging by the press release, the device will be only 5 times faster than an SSD - not 1000. Intel explains this by using standard connection interfaces, which are the bottleneck of the technology. In future versions of memory, the connection will be carried out directly to the computing part of the computer, which will realize the full potential of performance.
Most likely, the new memory will be of interest primarily to Internet giants such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, since they constantly need reliable and inexpensive storage of huge amounts of information.