XPoint put under the analyst microscope

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

80-page report gets under the skin of memristor-slaying 3D XPoint tech

Semiconductor market researcher Jim Handy of Objective Analysis has produced an 80-page report looking into what XPoint memory is, how it could be used and what its prospects are.

XPoint memory was unveiled by Micron and Intel in July to general amazement. The pair claimed it was 1,000 times faster than NAND, ten times denser and also less costly than DRAM, and would form a new memory hierarchy between DRAM and flash.

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D-round VC ReRAM cash comes crashing down on Crossbar

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you)

Close, so close to getting its ReRAM afloat before Intel and Micron barge in

Resistive RAM memory tech startup Crossbar has snagged $35m in D-round funding to push the commercial ramp of its non-volatile memory (NVM) technology.

Hong Kong-based Tyche Partners, China-based Oriza Holdings and unknown and possibly Hong Kong-based VC Cheerful Link joined all of Crossbar’s existing investors in the round, bringing total investment to $85m to date.

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NAND, DRAM, SAS/SCSI and SATA/AHCI: Not Dead, Yet

Post by Greg Schulz (thank you)

Manufacturers are coming out with new non-volatile memory (NVM) media like 3D XPoint. Does that mean that DRAM and other NVM media such as NAND flash are now dead?

Do new NVM storage access protocols such as NVM Express (NVMe) mean SCSI/SAS and AHCI/SATA are now dead?

My simple answer is no, they all have bright futures.

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3D Xpoint memory: Faster-than-flash storage unveiled

Good post by Leo Kelion (thank you)

A new kind of memory technology is going into production, which is up to 1,000 times faster than the Nand flash storage used in memory cards and computers’ solid state drives (SSDs). The innovation is called 3D XPoint, and is the invention of Intel and Micron. The two US companies predict a wide range of benefits, from speeding up scientific research to making more elaborate video games. One expert described it as a “huge step forward”.

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