What a difference a year makes! Since Micron and Intel jointly announced 3D XPoint™ memory to the market in July 2016, Micron has been fairly quiet on the technology, choosing to focus on its enablement both internally and with key ecosystem partners. We’re ready to give a sneak peek under the covers at what we’ll rollout over the next 12 months.
First of all, 3D XPoint™ technology represents the best nonvolatile memory soon to be shipping in the market. It has the ability to transform data analytics and bring data closer to the CPU – whether on a memory bus or on a storage bus. This will greatly impact cloud, data analytics, OLTP, IoT, and mobile applications.
To support our goal of enabling this technology in the highest echelons of storage and memory, we’re introducing our new line of 3D XPoint memory solutions: Micron QuantX™ technology! Leveraging the unique features of 3D XPoint memory, Micron QuantX technology will handle the most arduous system workloads. It delivers mesmerizing PCIe SSD performance - measuring typical read latencies at less than 10µs and a five 9 QoS at less than 25µs. That’s over 10X better than the best NAND flash-based SSDs! Micron QuantX solutions are expected to perform well for low queue depth workloads and will show noticeable improvement in traversing large graph trees. With Micron QuantX products and systems, you bring the workload and we’ll bring results!
To harvest the true benefits of 3D XPoint memory, Micron QuantX technology will require an ecosystem to bring it forward and drive adoption. This includes designing end products, enabling and building controllers, and selecting end-product go-to-market partners who can realize the value of what Micron QuantX solutions can bring to the industry.
We see a bright path ahead for 3D XPoint memory. We are investing in future generations of the technology to increase bit output, reduce manufacturing cost, increase performance, and reduce energy. This will translate into even greater value-added Micron QuantX products and solutions.
Micron is working with some of the best companies in the storage industry to enable this technology in their products. Over the course of the next six to nine months we’ll jointly announce these partners. You’ll soon see how excited and optimistic we are to bring the 3D XPoint memory, the first memory technology in over 30 years to market as QuantX products and solutions.