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    Intel delays the introduction of 3D XPoint memory modules

    If they launch alongside Cannonlake-EP we may have to wait until Q4 2018 to H1 2019.
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    Re: Intel delays the introduction of 3D XPoint memory modules

    FWIW, I believe that Intel would be kinder to its "fan club" if:

    (a) it recognized that the DMI 3.0 link has the exact same upstream bandwidth
    as a single M.2 NVMe port, and, therefore ...
    (b) it announced roadmap plans to expand that link to x8 or x16 PCIe 3.0 lanes;
    (c) it announced its intentions to do (b) when it implements PCe 4.0's 16 GHz clock;
    (d) it committed to future chipsets that support at least 4 integrated U.2 ports
    with full support for all modern RAID modes;
    (e) it demonstrated the leadership to build storage subsystems with variable transmission
    speeds, perhaps with pre-sets like 6G, 8G, 12G and 16G, with full Plug-and-Play compatibility;
    (f) it solicited customer opinions of proposals to populate 2.5" SSDs and SO-DIMMs with Optane;
    (g) if it can't build its own, then OEM an NVMe RAID controller like Highpoint's model 3840A;
    (h) if Optane is not meeting expectations, Intel has enough cash to acquire better solutions
    being developed by other manufacturers e.g. Everspin comes to mind (there are others);
    (i) instead of "locking in" their chosen NVRAM e.g. with proprietary solutions,
    a philosophy change would "open up" the Non-volatile ecosystem to exciting experimentation
    by DIYs, prosumers and enthusiasts, who originated CPU and DRAM "overclocking" years ago;
    (j) recognized that the world has now entered an Era in which mass storage
    is capable of operating at speeds comparable to DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 DRAM:
    x16 lanes @ 8 GHz / 8.125 bits per byte = 15.75 GB per second!
    x16 lanes @ 16GHz / 8.125 bits per byte = 31.50 GB per second!!

    I could go on, but this latest news is a serious disappointment.

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    Re: Intel delays the introduction of 3D XPoint memory modules

    Wow... wow... hang on a minute! If sales are steady and profit is acceptable then there's ZERO reason to release anything new. /s

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    Re: Intel delays the introduction of 3D XPoint memory modules

    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur1814 View Post
    Wow... wow... hang on a minute! If sales are steady and profit is acceptable then there's ZERO reason to release anything new. /s
    And there, right there, is why the current quasi-monopoly sucks bad. You've really got to hope Zen is worth the hype, but it won't be big enough to more than gently wet the side of the oil-tanker that is Intel right now.

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    Re: Intel delays the introduction of 3D XPoint memory modules

    Charlie over at SemiAccurate has an interesting write up as to why XPoint gets less and less amazing (especially in Intel presentations) as time goes by.
    http://semiaccurate.com/2016/09/12/intels-xpoint-pretty-much-broken/

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