Yesterday Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. announced 3D XPoint™ (pronounced cross-point) technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.
This new technology brings non-volatile memory speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND, the most popular non-volatile memory in the marketplace today. Expectations are that the first products to feature the 3D XPoint™ technology will go on sale next year. Its price has yet to be announced, but the anticipated higher price should prevent it from making cheaper solid state drives – and even slower hard disks obsolete.
See the 3D XPoint Info Graphic provided by Intel.