Back in 2015, Intel first announced game changing 3D Xpoint memory technology as the technology offers much better performance and higher endurance than NAND flash memory. Most importantly, this technology can improve the speed of DRAM while bringing down the cost of DRAM even more. Although implementation is still few years away, the possibility of addressable memory and file storage in the same place is pretty interesting and earlier today, Intel unveiled a new product family that uses Intel Optane Memory.
Although it is closer to M.2 SSD than a memory module, it behaves like a caching mechanism that improves the performance by a significant margin as Navin Shenoy, SVP and General Manager for the Client Computing Group at Intel Corporation explained, “Intel Optane memory enables PCs to deliver significantly more performance and faster load times across a broad range of personal computing experiences. It will enable new levels of PC responsiveness for everything from compute-intensive engineering applications to high-end gaming, digital content creation, web browsing and even everyday office productivity applications.”
In case you are wondering, this memory module makes the processes faster by using caching mechanism as the system caches only the most frequently used data. Recent tests have shown that it improves performances in the low-end computers. As off now though, the products won’t be shipped for several weeks. Intel is planning on selling the initial devices in 16 and 32 GB capacities with a moderate price tag of $44 and $77 respectively starting from later next month.
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