The new 3D Xpoint chips are fruit of a decade-long partnership between Intel and Micron. The new architecture does away with transistors entirely and is a cross between DRAM and NAND memory. The first application of the new memory format could be real-time data analysis which requires masses of DRAM, which can now use 3D Xpoint instead.

The decade-long partnership between Intel and Micron has finally given birth to an entirely new form of computer memory that’s denser, tougher, and faster than traditional Flash memory.

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3D Xpoint is a new category of non-volatile memory that claims to be 1,000 times faster than the NAND architecture underlying most flash memory cards and solid state drives.

The new memory architecture does away with transistors altogether and relies on a bulk materiel property change to switch bits from a low-resistance to high-resistance state.

3D Xpoint memory cells layered in an intricate 3D checkerboard pattern that researchers say is 10 times more dense than conventional memory.

The limitations of this type of memory aren’t yet known, but it’s first application could be in real-time data analysis where there is requirement for a lot of Dynamic RAM.

Intel researchers say you can have 10 times as much 3D Xpoint memory as compared to DRAM and when the power goes off will still be able to retain all the data, making it more robust than DRAM.

Don’t expect the tech to reach your PC anytime soon, unless someone figures out its application in immersive gaming experiences, etc.

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