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.

3D XPoint Technology Die

3D XPoint Technology Die

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.

Written by patcheely