Intel unveils range of data center and consumer memory and storage solutions

Intel unveils range of consumer and data center memory solutions,
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Intel Corporation recently unveiled a selection of new enterprise and consumer products at its Memory and Storage 2020 event.

The corporation’s presentation introduced several new Optane solutions, which feature significant performance and capability upgrades. The firm positioned its 3D XPoint nonvolatile memory technology as a tool that will enable major advances in global digitalization. Based on the eye-popping technical specifications of its new offerings, the company is not making idle boasts.

Intel also showed off some very appealing new NAND solutions that can help users update their legacy storage systems.

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Intel’s Optane SSD P5800X

The corporation introduced the Optane P5800X, which it bills as the world’s fastest data center solid-state drive (SSD).

The PCIe 4.0 product is three times faster than the previous generation and can perform 1.5 million random, 4K input-output operations per second (IOPS). It can also execute up to 4.6 million IOPS with random 512 MB tasks and a maximum of 1.8 million IOPS for mixed workloads.

In addition, the firm said the P5800x delivers 67 percent greater write endurance than the P4800X series. The company’s ultrafast and robust enterprise SSDs, available in 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB, and 3.2TB varieties, are now in production. However, the chipmaker did not provide any pricing information for impressive new hardware, but it noted they had been sent to its manufacturing partners.

Next-Generation Server Solutions

Intel also offered up information about its forthcoming third-generation 200 Series Optane Persistent Memory (PMem) and its Xeon “Ice Lake” processors. Together, the two server products will provide a 25 percent memory bandwidth upgrade, up to 6TB of total memory per socket, and an estimated 3W power consumption decrease.

Intel noted the platform would also offer enhanced asynchronous DRAM refresh capability. That feature can automatically perform cache flushes, which remove CLFlush overhead and runtime usage for greater system optimization. The corporation claimed its PMem and Xeon combo would be exceptional at handling transactional processes and critical operations data.

The PMem 200 Series has launched and Ice Lake central processing units (CPUs) are scheduled for release sometime in 2021.

Updated High-Performance PC Storage

The Big Tech corporation unveiled an upgraded version of its hybrid Optane Memory H10 offering. The appropriately named Optane Memory H20 utilizes 3D XPoint tech and quad-level 3D NAND in a PCIe SSD module.

That means the ultra-compact memory product can power personal computers with blazing fast file transfer and application launch speeds.

Intel plans to release its Memory H20 Series in the second quarter of 2021. The line will be available in 512GB and 1TB assortments and will be equipped with 32GB of Optane memory.

Intel’s New NAND Products

Despite recently selling the business to SK Hynix, Intel’s NAND unit is not done innovating quite yet. The company unveiled three 144-layer SSDs that will help companies and consumers protect and store their most important data.

The corporation developed its triple-layer-cell (TLC) SSD D7-P551 Series specifically for cloud-based data centers. The line features a space-saving U.2 form factor, enhanced device monitoring, and better handling of virtualized and multi-tenant environments. It will be available in 3.84TB and 7.68TB capacities later this year.

In the first half of 2021, Intel will launch its quad-layer-cell (QLC) Intel SSD D5-P5316 lineup. Because it holds 128GB per die, the series has 200 percent better read performance and 48 percent less latency than hard disk drives (HDDs). The product comes in a U.2 and E1.L form factors and 15.36TB or 30.72TB volumes.

The corporation notes the SSD D5-P5316 Series is the first product of its type to marry 144-layer and QLC designs and enable users to create 1PB 1U racks.

Finally, Intel is making a play for the PC market with its 670p nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) SSD. The series provides an 11 percent generation-over-generation SLC cache upgrade and will not reach maximum cache size until 85 percent full. The chips also contain Pyrite 2.0 encryption and end-to-end data protection for optimum user security.

The line launches in the first quarter of next year and can be purchased in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities.

Although Intel is facing increased competition in the data center space, its new lineup looks very competitive. Similarly, its consumer memory and storage solutions should make designers, content creators, and gamers very happy next year. Right now, the corporation’s memory and storage business are on course to have a very lucrative 2021.


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