Intel collapses – this is the end of Optane media

There had to be a revolution…

Do you remember how it was? In 2015, Intel and Micron introduced the revolutionary 3D XPoint memory, which was supposed to be the biggest revolution in the memory market since the advent of NAND chips – it was announced that the technology would revolutionize devices and services that use fast access to large data sets.

In practice, this looked promising. 3D XPoint memory was supposed to be a new class of non-volatile memory, which was supposed to combine the very good performance of DRAM memory and the low cost of NAND memory. An additional benefit was a significant reduction in latency, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor, offering access to it at speeds unattainable in today’s non-volatile storage devices.

Soon we received the finished products. 3D XPoint memory was used in Intel Optane media – initially the manufacturer offered them to the consumer market (as an additional Optane Memory media that supports HDD operation), but in the end the equipment was used in server solutions as non-volatile DCPMM memory or SSD media ..  

3D Xpoint Memory Failed – Intel is collapsing

It turned out that the technology was not as revolutionary as it was claimed, and the business began to fall apart. Last year, Micron decided to go out of business and sold its 3D XPoint memory plant to Texas Instruments. In this situation, Intel was left without a 3D XPoint media factory.

At the last conference with the manufacturer’s financial results, we learned that Intel is completely phasing out Optane media – this applies to Optane DCPMM, Optane SSD and Optane Memory.

The reason for the decision was the industry’s transition to the open CXL (Compute Express Link) standard, which made the development of Optane carriers unprofitable. An Intel spokesperson in a statement to Tom’s Hardware wrote:

We continue to rationalize our portfolio to support our IDM 2.0 strategy. This includes evaluating tradable businesses that are either not profitable enough or do not meet our strategic goals. After careful consideration, Intel plans to stop developing products for its Optane technology. We are committed to supporting customers using Optane technology during the transition period.

The financial benefit showed that closing the business would cost Intel $559 million.

Source: Tom’s Equipment

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