Intel Micron 3D XPoint Evolving
Intel Micron 3D XPoint Evolving
Co-Creators of 3D XPoint the next generation of non-volatile memory (NVM) also known as storage class memory (SCM) or Persistent Memory (PMEM) have announced they will complete joint development of second-generation technology, then pursue their separate paths. Intel and Micron jointly announced 3D XPoint three years (July 2015) as a new technology with the first generation of products have appeared in the market or past year or so.
Various Adoption Deployment Timelines for different focus areas
For those in the industry who measure technology on shorter months vs. years adoption and deployment scenarios, or time from press release until new news, some would say 3D XPoint is late, behind schedule, which perhaps it is based on some timelines. On the other hand, IT customers tend to be on a different timeline that may seem like glacial speed to industry focused rapid change. IMHO 3D XPoint is about on the right timeline based on IT customer deployment which may very well accelerate for broader usage with the second generation based products.
Top Intel 750 NVMe PCIe AiC SSD, bottom Intel Optane NVMe 900P U.2 SSD with Ableconn carrier
While the focus is easily around Intel and Micron going separate ways, keep in mind that there is the second generation of 3D XPoint in the works. Some might consider the second generation of 3D XPoint as the first real production and volume technology with the first being just that, the first generation. An example of a first generation 3D XPoint based product are the Intel Optane NVMe devices such as the one show above, and discussed in this StorageIO Lab test drive post here.
Where to learn more
Learn more about Intel, Micron, NVM, NVMe, 3D XPoint, SCM, PMEM and data infrastructures related topics via the following links:
- Intel Micron 3D XPoint server storage NVM SCM PM SSD
- Intel Micron unveil new 3D XPoint Non Volatile Memory NVM for servers storage
- New family of Intel Xeon Scalable Processors enable software defined data infrastructures
- March 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter
- NVMe Wont Replace Flash By Itself They Complement Each Other
- Broadcom buying CA, Brilliant or a Brainbuster?
- AWS Snowball Edge SBE Converged Cloud Storage Appliance
- 2018 Hot Popular New Trending Data Infrastructure Vendors to Watch
- June 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter
- Welcome to the Data Protection Diaries
- Application Data Value Characteristics Everything Is Not The Same (Part I)
- Data Infrastructure Primer Overview (Its What’s Inside The Data Center)
- NVMe Primer (or refresh), The NVMe Place, and The SSD Place
- Server Storage I/O Benchmark Performance Resource Tools
- Data Infrastructure server storage I/O network Recommended Reading
Additional learning experiences along with common questions (and answers), as well as tips can be found in Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials book.
What this all means
Some may see the announcement of Intel and Micron pursuing separate paths as a negative while others as a positive. While completing the second-generation development together, both can leverage what they have done while seeking different, presumably divergent or expand paths forward.
A concern could be if Intel and Micron merely go their separate ways yet focus on the same market areas. A benefit could be if Intel and Micron pursue different market focus areas with some overlap while expanding to broader opportunities.
The latter scenario could be useful for moving the technology forward by giving it new and different opportunities. For example, some that favor Intel along with its ecosystem would prefer whatever Intel does next. Likewise, those that favor Micron and their ecosystem may influence the direction Micron goes.
Does this mean Micron and Intel are all done collaborating? Tough to say.
However, they still share a fabrication facility (fab) imFLASH in Lehi Utah.
Overall, I think this is a good move for both Intel and Micron once they get the second generation of 3D XPoint developed and into production for customer deployments. With Intel Micron 3D XPoint Evolving, lets see what’s next.
Ok, nuff said, for now.
Greg Schulz – Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert 2010-2018. Author of Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press), as well as Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press), Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio. Courteous comments are welcome for consideration. First published on https://storageioblog.com any reproduction in whole, in part, with changes to content, without source attribution under title or without permission is forbidden.
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