Intel developed the 3D Xpoint memory in partnership with Micron as a replacement for NAND flash. According to Intel, 3D Xpoint is capable of delivering 1000x the speed as well as endurance of existing NAND flash based solid state drives.
Intel also revealed that its 3D Xpoint based SSD lineup will be marketed under the new Optane brand. In addition to using 3D Xpoint, the drives under the Optane brand will also get storage controllers and a software stack from Intel. Starting next year, consumers will be able to enjoy the benefits of the 3D Xpoint technology in various form factors.
In the live demo showed off by Intel at the event today, the Optane SSD managed to outperform the Intel DC P3700 PCIe SSD in IOMeter by up to 5.42 times.