During today’s Memory and Storage 2020 event, Intel announced various new solid state drive products for the data center and client segments. They include two new Optane SKUs, the Intel Optane SSD P5800X and Intel Optane Memory H20 with SSD, as well as three NAND SSDs: the Intel SSD 670p, Intel SSD D7-P5510, and Intel SSD D5-P5316.
The Optane SSD P5800X, which is being billed as the “world’s fastest data center SSD,” represents Intel’s first attempt at a PCIe 4.0 SSD. According to a press deck, the drive provides sequential read and write speeds of up to 7.2 GB/s and 6.2 GB/s, respectively. It can also hit 1.5 M IOPS for random 4K reads and writes.
Intel’s Optane Memory H20 with SSD, on the other hand, is a hybrid M.2 NVMe drive that merges Intel Optane Memory with QLC (quad-level-cell) 3D NAND for faster storage performance in thin-and-light notebooks and similar space-constrained devices. You can check out Intel’s fact sheet for the rest of its new memory and storage products here, which also includes a future, third-generation Optane product dubbed “Crow Pass” for upcoming Xeon Scalable processors.
Original Press Release
What’s New: Today, at Intel’s Memory and Storage 2020 event, the company highlighted six new memory and storage products to help customers meet the challenges of digital transformation. Key to advancing innovation across memory and storage, Intel announced two new additions to its Intel Optane Solid State Drive (SSD) Series: the Intel Optane SSD P5800X, the world’s fastest data center SSD, and the Intel Optane Memory H20 for client, which features performance and mainstream productivity for gaming and content creation. Optane helps meet the needs of modern computing by bringing the memory closer to the CPU. The company also revealed its intent to deliver its 3rd generation of Intel Optane persistent memory (code-named “Crow Pass”) for cloud and enterprise customers.
“Today is a key moment for our memory and storage journey. With the release of these new Optane products, we continue our innovation, strengthen our memory and storage portfolio, and enable our customers to better navigate the complexity of digital transformation. Optane products and technologies are becoming a mainstream element of business compute. And as a part of Intel, these leadership products are advancing our long-term growth priorities, including AI, 5G networking and the intelligent, autonomous edge.” –Alper Ilkbahar, Intel vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Intel Optane Group
What Else Intel Announced: Intel also announced three new NAND SSDs featuring 144-layer cell memory: the Intel SSD 670p, the company’s next-gen144-layer quad-level-cell (QLC) 3D NAND SSD for mainstream computing; the Intel SSD D7-P5510, the world’s first-to-market 144-layer triple-level-cell NAND design; and the Intel SSD D5-P5316, a greater-density, higher-endurance SSD built around the industry’s first 144-layer QLC NAND.
Why Intel Optane Technology Matters: With today’s Intel Optane technology announcements, Intel continues to establish a new tier in the data center memory and storage pyramid, which combines the attributes of both DRAM and NAND. Intel Optane SSDs alleviate data supply bottlenecks and accelerate applications with fast caching and fast storage to increase scale-per-server and reduce transaction costs for latency-sensitive workloads.
Intel Optane persistent memory is Intel’s vision of a memory and storage solution that offers persistence, capacity, affordability, low latency and memory-like speed. With Intel Optane persistent memory, Intel has re-architected the memory and storage hierarchy allowing it to be used as a distinct capacity and performance tier for memory and storage. With this approach, it is possible to create a two-tiered memory architecture where DRAM is the performance tier and persistent memory is the capacity tier. In the case of storage, Optane persistent memory is used as the performance tier to the NAND capacity tier.
Intel Optane persistent memory is attached to the CPU via the double-data rate bus, enabling direct load-and-store access at DRAM speeds; non-volatile, it combines the best elements of memory and storage.
Intel will further strengthen and extend its unique memory and storage portfolio with its 3rd generation of Intel Optane persistent memory, code-named “Crow Pass” and with future Intel Xeon Scalable processors (code-named “Sapphire Rapids.”)
Why 144-layer cell memory NAND Matters: Three new NAND SSDs announced today represent new milestones for establishing TLC and QLC as a mainstream technology for high-capacity drives. The Intel 3D NAND SSD 670p is Intel’s next-gen 144-layer quad-level-cell (QLC) 3D NAND SSD for mainstream computing. The Intel SSD D7-P5510 is the world’s first-to-market 144-layer TLC NAND design and the Intel SSD D5-P5316 is built around the industry’s first 144-layer QLC NAND. Intel has been developing these technologies over the past decade.