Published On: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017

Intel Launches Optane SSD DC P4800X, Enters Revenue Quarter For 3D XPoint, Storage Roadmap Detailed

Today, Intel denounced a Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X Series and Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X Series with Intel® Memory Drive Technology, enabling new possibilities to renovate storage and memory architectures for a information center.

The initial Optane SSD is out, and approbation we can also use it as RAM; Intel estimates 10% of Total Sales to be driven by 3D XPoint formed products

Intel has formerly suggested (in their quarterly advantage webcast) that they were shipping 3D NAND from a Fab 68 and had competent a initial 3D XPoint bottom Optane SSDs, that were approaching to boat for income in a initial quarter. The DX P4800X is a fulfilment of this matter and means that indeed, Intel has entered a initial income entertain for this platform. Intel has also formerly settled that they design 10% of their sum sales to be driven by 3D XPoint products. In a same advantage cal they had also mentioned that their 3D XPoint memory DIMM will be shipped as representation to information core business during a same time, so we assume that that is something that has already happened as well.

There is not most to news on detached from a specs so here they are:

Deployed as blazing quick storage or caching tier, Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X breaks a proportions of normal storage to significantly boost scale per server and accelerate applications. When deployed as extended memory, this expostulate expands a complement memory pool, formulating bigger, some-more cost-effective memory to advantage aloft peculiarity insights.

An industry-leading multiple of high throughput, low latency, high peculiarity of use and high continuation capacitate a origination of solutions that mislay information bottlenecks, unleash CPU function and broach rare insights. Intel® Optane™ SSDs offer unequaled opening during low reserve depth, where a immeasurable infancy of applications beget storage workloads, that means CPUs are some-more active and some-more entirely utilized. Intel® Optane™ SSDs for a information core let users do some-more work with a same servers, improving TCO or expanding capabilities. And since a expostulate is intensely manageable underneath any load, it is rarely predicted and delivers ultra-fast service, consistently.

It goes though observant that a Optane SSD height is going to poise a critical business risk to existent players including Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Toshiba usually to name a few. Once a record matures, a price/performance characteristics should outstrip customary SSDs by a prolonged shot. However, Intel can still have a square of a cake by updating a stream lineup with code new products regulating 3D NANAD that are targetted alongside a Optane height (expected to land in 2017).

First Quarter 2017

  • For Feb and Mar 2017, Intel’s DC P4500/P4600/P4600 LP/P4500 LP will enter mass prolongation and their end-of-life-cycle (EOL) is set for a initial entertain of 2019.

Second Quarter 2017

  • Intel will supplement DC S4600/S4500-series and a entry-level DC S3110-series to a SATA-based SSD product line in a second entertain of subsequent year.

Third Quarter 2017

  • For a consumer market, following a recover of a 600p in Sep 2016, a CPU hulk will recover a BGA-version 600p and SATA-based 545s in a third entertain of 2017
  • For a PCI Express-based plain state expostulate (SSD) product line, following a releases of a DC D3700 and D3600-series NVMe SSDs in 2016, Intel will supplement a top-end array with a lot some-more storage space in a third entertain of 2017, featuring a 2.5-inch size, U.2 interface and storage options of 2TB, 4TB and 8TB.
  • For a embedded market, Intel has prepared a 5430S-series for Apr 2017 and an M.2 form factor-based chronicle of a 5430S for Jul 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017

  • For a veteran market, Intel will launch PCIe/NVMe-based Pro 7600P and SATA-based Pro 5450s in a fourth quarter.
  • In a third quarter, Intel will recover a 20nm MLC-based E 6500p, and existent E 5400s/5410-series will both enter EOL in a initial entertain of 2018, while a E 6000p will stop supply in a third entertain of 2018.

Intel Optane Roadmap 2017: Arriving underneath Mansion Beach and Stoney Beach platform

The Intel Optane Memory 8000p will come in dual categories: 16 GB and 32 GB. Since we are not articulate about DIMMs here, we have to assume that they are referring to a retard distance that means that this is a poignant boost over a stream SSD customary and will outcome in vast SSD sizes. PCI Gen 3.0 is upheld as good as a M.2 2241 and 2280. The 32 GB various is a higher one while as a 16 GB various offers somewhat reduce opening numbers. Both, however, simply outstrip mainstream SSDs on a marketplace right now (I took a autocracy of adding a comparison list during a end).

The Optane Memory 8000p array will underline pointless review in a operation of 285000 to 300000 IOPs that is an roughly 3 times boost over required SSDs. Random write on a other palm is ranged between 75000 to 120000 IOPs and a reduce value is about a same as required SSDs while a tip finish is somewhat more.The 8000p array facilities a consecutive review speed of 1400 MB/s to 1600 MB/s and is roughly 2.5-3 times larger than a consecutive review of mainstream SSDs. Something really interesting, however, is a consecutive write speed, that ranges between 300 MB/s and 500 MB/s and is accurately what we would design from any decent SSD.

Since Mansion Beach and Stoney Beach are set to arrive first, it would be a satisfactory gamble that 8000p array is partial of them. Logic would foreordain that a 8000p is partial of a Stoney Beach array of SSD. Both platforms are upheld underneath Kaby Lake and we design them to strike a marketplace once KBL gets market-wide availability. We don’t have any news on pricing during a impulse nonetheless a a protected arrogance that they will be some-more costly than high finish ssds in a beginning. Micron is also operative on their possess 3D XPoint formed memory solutions and calls them QuantX memory.

We already know that:

  • The Intel Optane record height will have a nomenclature finale with a word “Beach”.
  • There will be dual forms of products during launch (SSD and Memory), however usually one will be accessible to enthusiasts primarily (SSD).
  • The roadmap of Optane formed SSDs and Memory has been aligned with a overarching design that will be in play during a given time. This means that we are going to see Optane for a initial time someday nearby a finish of 2016 (or early 2017 if Intel faces any delays).

At a finish of this year, Intel Optane is going to entrance for a mainstream side of things with a Mansion Beach height underneath a overarching roadmap of Kaby lake. The Mansion Beach height will be for a really initial mainstream SSDs formed on Optane tech and ancillary a NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 pattern (4 lanes support).

Mansion beach will also have a comparatively reduce finish variant: a PCIe 3.0 x2 various by a name of Brighton Beach. All other specifications will stays a same, usually a volume of PCI lanes a SSD can entrance will change. Mansion Beach will sojourn as is all by Kaby Lake (and Q1 2017) and will be rested when a time comes in 2018 and on wards underneath Cannonlake architecture.

Brighton beach however, will be succeeded by Carson Beach height that introduces PCI 3.0 x4, a M.2 as good as BGA pattern support. At about a same time, Stony Beach is going to entrance for a craving side of things with a really initial Intel Optane powered memory tech designed to be used as ‘system accelerators’.

The Stony Beach height will be configured as PCIe Gen 3 x2 (along with support for a M.2 controller). Interestingly, a roadmap also specifies “System Acceleration Generation 1.0” that appears to be a code new customary as distant as a height is concerned. Stony beach will be succeeded by Carson Beach with flattering most a same specifications as a Enthusiast side of a height with a combined advantage of System Acceleration Generation 2.0.

That’s not it either, a roadmap also reveals Intel’s skeleton for a common 3D NAND platform. The Pro 600p and 600p SSDs with PCIe 3.0 x4 (M.2) support will be in cycle compartment a initial half of 2017. At that point, prolongation will stop for a remaining half year. Intel will entrance a 2nd Generation 3D NAND formed SSDs underneath a Cannonlake design (approximately in 2018) with configurations in a PCIe and SATA flavors.

Intel Optane SSDs and 3D XPoint Overview

Intel has formerly talked about a 3D XPoint memory and Optane formed SSDs as good as expelled benchmarks of a same – both of that aim to be partial of a horizon in a future. The 3D XPoint memory record has 1000x a continuation of NAND peep and is 10 times denser and in some cases upto 1000x faster as well. The 3D XPoint memory will be accessible in marketplace during subsequent year and will change a tech attention with a latest 3D XPoint formed Optane SSDs and DIMMs.

  • The Optane SSD was means to grasp 7.2x times some-more IOPS during low reserve abyss and upto 5.21 times a IOPs of required SSDs during high reserve depths. Optane SSDs also yield 8.11x times reduce latency than required NAND solutions.
  • An Optane Technology formed SSD has 10x times a firmness of required SSD drives.
  • The selling element also claims it is 1000x faster than a foe accessible on a marketplace though it isn’t transparent to what accurately they are referring to.
  • Optane SSDs will have 1000x a continuation – which, if true, should meant a device has probably total life camber for unsentimental purposes.

All Optane formed inclination will underline a cranky indicate array structure, that consists of perpendicular connectors joining around 128 Billion memory cells (16 Gigabytes per chip). This “3D” process is a reason because Optane formed inclination have 10x times a firmness of required solutions. Like DRAM, Optane memory is stackable in nature. One of a biggest changes in this technology, however, is that it eliminates a need for transistors – accessing a memory cells by varying a voltage sent to a sold sector. Basically, regulating a bulk of a element itself.

Intel Optane Memory 8000p Series Comparison

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