Intel’s Optane technology is already shipping in the form of storage, but you’ll have to wait until next year to buy Optane memory modules.
Optane is a new class of nonvolatile memory and storage based on 3D Xpoint, which was developed jointly by Intel and Micron.
Intel’s first Optane products, announced this month at CES, are low-capacity SSDs that fit into the storage slots of PCs.
Optane memory DIMMs are different. They’re intended to replace DRAM in servers and PCs. The DIMMs will fit into DDR4 slots.
Intel has started shipping the first Optane DIMMs for testing and hopes to release final products next year.
In demonstrations by Intel, Optane SSDs have performed 10 times faster than conventional SSDs. PC makers have said that game play, PC bootup and applications are all faster with Optane SSDs.