Intel’s new insanely-fast “Optane” SSD revealed

Intel’s new Optane SSDs – which feature the company’s 3D Xpoint memory technology – will begin shipping in 2016.

The 3D Xpoint tech was unveiled in July, and was developed by Intel and Micron. The companies said it is the first new tech for storage devices since NAND flash was introduced 25 years ago.

Intel said 3D Xpoint is 10 times as dense as DRAM, and can operate up to 1,000 times faster than flash.

In tests run by Intel, a PCIe Optane SSD’s input/output operations per second ran up to 7 times faster than the company’s high-end “conventional” P3700 SSD.

Pricing and availability information on the news SSDs was not available at the time of publication.

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