The American Intel has developed a new technology 1,000 times faster and 1,000 times more enduring than the current SSD flash memory. Never seen? You are right!

In April 1965, Gordon Moore, future co-founder of Intel, gave an empirical extrapolation: the number of transistors on an entry-level integrated circuit will double every year for a constant cost. 50 years later, “Moore law” continues to more or less be true. But the giant Intel semiconductor does not admit defeated and is planning a memory revolution.

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The American partnered with Micro Technology to develop a new computer storage technology: the 3D XPoint (pronounced “3D CrossPoint”). After ten years of work, the two American companies have presented this new type of memory this summer, which promises to be 1,000 times faster, 1,000 times more enduring and 10 times more dense than the NAND flash memory technology, SSD drives (already much faster than mechanical hard disks).

At heart, Intel and Micro Technology evoke “revolutionary technology”, something that has never been seen for more than 25 years in the field of memory technologies.

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Concretely, this new memory would make it possible to boost computers, both in storage and in RAM. The start-up would be in seconds, while the video games would rotate at an unprecedented speed and (almost) without loading time. Best of all, the XPoint 3D technology would offer very high storage capacities for “affordable”, according to Intel’s promise. First products with this new type of memory should be presented at the end of the year or at the beginning of next year that is 2017, for marketing.

Faster and more enduring

At its conference dedicated to developers, Intel introduced Optane, which would be a first disc prototype equipped with the 3D technology XPoint. It showed 5 to 7 times the performance of an SSD. The blurring remains on the theoretical speeds, Intel like Micron Technology confining itself to promise that the access times (latency) are calculated in nanoseconds (against microseconds for an SSD, and milliseconds for a hard disk).intel-memory-technology-03

Intel also emphasized the life of its technology. Where an SSD can “write” up to 40 GB of data every day for five years before tiring (about 10,000 MP3 songs), XPoint 3D technology would be able to write 20 TB of data twice a day for five years. 

What’s the new energy saving tech

This new energy-saving technology greatly improves the performance of multimedia processing, images, and video. Simultaneously with the official launch of Intel, transtec offers its customers IT solutions with the new Intel processor architecture, codenamed Sandy Bridge.

For a start, it will be available in very small computers (Small Form Factor), mini-computers and Midi computers. The extension of the Sandy Bridge portfolio to workstations and servers is scheduled for the first half of 2011. Desktop computers can be configured individually and are now available from transtec.

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According to transtec solutions experts, companies, authorities and research institutes, for whom complex graphic applications play a central role, will benefit most from the new Intel processor architecture. In addition to the presentation technique in conference rooms or demonstration rooms, there will also be video editing workstations, image processing or multimedia tutorials. Flexible use of new computers will be possible thanks to a large number of possible interfaces.