Intel intends to introduce its 3rd Generation Optane Persistent Memory modules in a few weeks, the company said at a recent Storage Field Day.

CXL on spotlight

But while Intel is promoting its 3rd Generation Optane Persistent Memory based on 3D XPoint memory, the roadmap is focused on CXL, new memory types, and form factors. This does not necessarily omit 3D XPoint per se, but pretty much shows where Intel sees things going.

Technically, the CXL protocol enables a host of features that SSD makers and platforms can use, giving Intel a broad platform to enable newer technologies. The company isn’t sharing details yet, though.

For Sapphire Rapids

Another version of non-volatile Optane Persistent Memory modules based on 3D XPoint memory aimed at Intel’s Xeon Scalable ‘Sapphire Rapids’ processors with a DDR5 memory interface is expected.

Being Intel’s and Micron’s solution for endurance, performance, and capacity at a low cost, 3D XPoint memory has only gained a modicum of acceptance among select Intel Xeon Scalable platforms supporting this technology.

Right now, Intel does not seem to have plans for the high-volume roll-out of 3D XPoint memory for the storage market, or at least has no plans that it is ready to announce.

Source: Tom’s Hardware