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The Next Revolution: 3D XPoint™ non-volatile memories with speed and performance close to DRAM

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3.5G...3.9G level mobile Internet
• system-on-a-chip (SoC) and
reflective display technologies

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Core information:


June 20, 2017, Intel Online: How fast is Intel® Optane™ Memory? Performance results
Comparing two identical NUCs – one with Intel® Optane™ memory.




Overall system performance is
up to 28% faster6 7 8
Increase system performance for hard drive access
by up to 14x faster 9 7 8
Improve everyday task responsiveness
by 2x 6 7 8

6 SYSmark 2014 SE (Responsiveness Subscore) – Benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms. SYSmark* tests four usage scenarios: Office Productivity, Media Creation, Data/Financial Analysis, and Responsiveness. SYSmark* contains real applications from Independent Software Vendors such as Microsoft* and Adobe*.

7 Tested on Intel® Core™ i5-7500 processor, 65W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 3.8GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Storage: Western Digital* 1TB 7200RPM WD1003FZEX, Intel® HD Graphics 630, OS: Windows® 10 as measured against the same system with a 16GB Intel® Optane™ memory module.

Tested with 16GB Intel® Optane™ memory engineering samples. Results may vary in final product, but we have a high confidence level that there will be no significant differences in performance.

8 Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/benchmarks.

9 PCMark* Vantage (HDD Suite) – Benchmark from Futuremark* that measures Windows* everyday computing performance. PCMark Vantage is made up of several benchmarking suites: PCMark Suite (produces “PCMark” Score), Memories Suite, TV and Movies Suite, Gaming Suite, Music Suite, Communications Suite, Productivity Suite and HDD Suite. The HDD Suite contains an operating system start-up workload that is sensitive to HDD versus SSD boot devices.

See also the UPDATE on that from Intel Corporation’s (INTC) CEO, Brian Krzanich Presents at Sanford C Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference 2016 – Brokers Conference Transcript of June 1, 2016.

Transistorless 3D XPoint™ non-volatile memories with speed close to RAM but with more than 10x density: 128 Gb per die in 2016 vs. the current 8Gb DRAM per die in 2015. This technology has been developed over many years by Micron and Intel jointly:
• less than 1 µsec Persistent Memory with DIMMs based on 3D XPoint™
• less than 10 µsec ultra fast Intel Optane™ SSD NVMe SSD

This will lead to a new industry shakeout, similar to one which happened between 1970 and 2016 due to the very fundamental progress in transistor densities for DRAM arrays and logic circuits on a die. See slide #3. For your convenience included here as well:

Microcomputer Revolution and the Computer Industry Shakeout -- Dec 2016Stop the video if you need more time to understand or think about a slide.

This slideshow contains 3 minutes of presentation with 11 slides followed by 7 minutes of keynote by Rob Crooke Intel SVP and GM of the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group at IDF16 on Shenzhen China April 13, 2016:
• 3D NAND technology focusing on cost and capacity improvements
• 3D XPoint™ technology focusing on breakthrough in speed and performance
• Demostration of the ultra fast Intel Optane™ SSD NVMe SSD, early prototype

Think especially about the last slide:

Improving data movement through system-level integration in Intel® Scalable System Framework (SSF) -- Feb 2016


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