In transient: Intel has shared a progress replace on its Optane and NAND product portfolio, saying a transition to denser 144-layer QLC tech on all its client SSDs by 2021 and a next-gen improve to Optane drives that can function 4 stacked reminiscence layers for elevated storage capability and PCIe 4.Zero assist for higher bandwidth.

Intel is seemingly on observe with its reminiscence and storage product roadmap because it appears ahead to launching the 144-layer 3D NAND QLC flash storage – codenamed Keystone Harbor – later this 12 months. While the brand new denser 4th-gen modules would initially be obtainable throughout restricted capacities, the corporate is planning an entire transition to this tech (internally known as Arbordale+) for all its client SSDs by subsequent 12 months.

Rob Crook, head of Intel’s Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), additionally revealed that the “tremendous momentum” of this know-how had enabled it to surpass 10 million shipments of QLC SSDs, and that growth on its 5 bits per cell PLC storage remains to be underway.

Intel is readying 144-Layer QLC SSDs alongside 2nd-gen PCIe 4.0 Optane drives

Korean and Chinese competitors within the 3D NAND area more likely to maintain Intel on its toes (Image Credit: Blocks & Files)

Intel additionally shared an replace on its Alder Stream Optane SSDs, which use the corporate’s 2nd-gen 3D XPoint know-how and can ship in single port kind later this 12 months, adopted by a twin port model in 2021.

These SSDs are anticipated to ship at the least a 50 % efficiency improve over current-gen Optane drives, because of a sooner controller and PCIe 4.Zero compliance. Storage capacities, nonetheless, are but to be finalized, however doubling the reminiscence stack of Intel’s present DC P4800X to 4 layers ought to theoretically end in a 3TB model for the top-end model.

Intel will reveal extra Optane particulars in an official occasion slated for subsequent month, the place we will additionally anticipate to see next-gen DC Persistent Memory with increased velocity and capacities than the current-gen 512GB maxed out DIMMs. What’s confirmed, nonetheless, is that the corporate will not be increasing Optane to transportable drives and can maintain its give attention to the three market segments it initially focused for this tech.