Micron, in association with Intel has unveiled the new 3D XPoint technology which is up to 1000 times faster and has up to 1000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is also 10 times denser than conventional memory. According to Micron, the following memory technology addresses the need for non-volatile, high-performance, high-endurance and high-capacity storage and memory solution at an affordable cost.
The 3D XPoint technology is a non-volatile memory which is based on an innovative, transistor-less crosspoint architecture, that has the potential to revolutionise any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. The transistor-less crosspoint architecture creates a 3D checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes. Adding further, the new technology significantly reduces latencies, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor and accessed at speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage.
In addition to this, the technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies that helps in storing and analysing of massive amount of data which is being generated through a large number of connected devices.
Briefing about the application and usage, the release mentions that retailers may use 3D XPoint technology to more quickly identify fraud detection patterns in financial transactions; healthcare researchers could process and analyse larger data sets in real time, accelerating complex tasks such as genetic analysis and disease tracking.
Talking about the breakthrough in memory technology, Mark Adams, president of Micron said, “One of the most significant hurdles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to reach data on long-term storage. This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications.”