Details on Intel’s Next Generation Optane and NAND SSD Have Been Determined

Details on Intel's Next Generation Optane and NAND SSD Have Been Determined

Details on Intel’s Next Generation Optane and NAND SSD Have Been Determined

Details about Intel’s next-generation Optane and 144-layer 3D NAND SSDs have been announced. The technology giant will eventually produce storage units with PCIe 4.0 support.

Intel’s Non-volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group presented new information about the company’s next-generation NAND and 2nd-generation Optane storage units. The new generation Optane will be PCIe 4.0 compliant. While more information about the card will be shared in June, Intel NSG manager Rob Crooke has revealed this important information.

Information about the new units appeared in the Keystone Harbor promotion by Rob Crooke. Keystone Harbor is also the name of Intel’s new SSD unit to be released this year.

Intel improves storage

Details on Intel's Next Generation Optane and NAND SSD Have Been Determined

Keystone Harbor will be Intel’s latest SSD. This SSD will feature 144 layers of 3D NAND, QLC. According to the statement from the company, all SSDs they produce in 2021 will have a 144-layer structure.

Intel also announced that QLC SSD sales exceeded 10 million units in total, but PLC technology, which contains 5 bits per cell, is still in development. The company will also release a single-port Alder Stream Optane SSD this year. The dual-port version will also go on sale in 2021.

Alder Stream Optane SSD will use 2nd generation 3D Xpoint technology. This means that SSD will perform better in many ways. One of the features that increase performance will be the replacement of the single-layer structure in the previous generation by the 4-layer structure. The new control ASIC will ensure that the SSD is PCIe 4.0 compliant. These drivers will be produced in Rio Rancho in New Mexico.

Production in multiple plants

Details on Intel's Next Generation Optane and NAND SSD Have Been Determined

According to rumors, the company has more than one facility where it can develop chips, but how much production will be made in which facility is not yet decided. On the other hand, Intel has a supply chain agreement with Micron. Although the capacities of the new drives have not been finalized yet, the DC P4800X dual-port drives have 375 GB, 750 GB and 1.5 TB versions. In the new generation, we can see 3 TB.

According to Intel, Optane technology is quite remarkable. According to Kristle Mann, one of the managers of the Optane department, more than 200 companies on the Fortune 500 list use Optane. Mann also announced that the codename for the 2nd generation 3D XPoint DIMMs is Burlow Pass. More information about the drivers will come in June. Optane will not come to mobile devices.

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