Redefining Memory and Storage for Exponential Advances

Completing the hierarchy with data-centric improvements and innovations.

Products That Redefine the Memory and Storage Hierarchy

Memory and storage are like real estate in a thriving urban core. The closer memory is to the CPU, the more expensive and limited in capacity it is. This memory—often DRAM—also lacks permanence. Should a CPU lose power, the memory within will “forget” the data it holds.

With Intel® Optane™ persistent memory, we’ve invented an entirely new class of nonvolatile memory. It delivers a unique combination of affordable large capacity and support for data persistence, ideal for the in-memory databases associated with AI workloads and high performance computing (HPC). In the realm of storage, we’re driving affordable, high-performing solutions that help overcome bottlenecks with Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSDs.

Platform Integration to Optimize Performance

Memory and storage play a critical role in the supply of data to the CPU. The better this supply chain works, the more smoothly the system runs.

As we develop new memory and storage technologies, we integrate them tightly into our other platform components. For example, Intel® Optane™ persistent memory was codesigned to work optimally with our CPUs. From creating new protocols on the memory bus to making changes inside the core and BIOS, our high level of platform integration helps ensure reliability, performance, and security.

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Making It Real with Ecosystem Enablement

Hardware innovations become revolutionary only when developers and architects can understand how to get the most value from them. Realizing that our new approach to memory would fundamentally change infrastructure and software design, we worked with the ecosystem for roughly five years before launching Intel® Optane™ persistent memory.

Intel worked with major software, hypervisor, and middleware providers like VMware to recode platforms to take advantage of persistent memory. We also launched an open, industry-wide persistent memory programming model, as well as the Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory Development Kit and other tools, to further enable developers.

Six Pillars of Technology Innovation for the Next Era of Computing

Intel is innovating across six pillars of technology development to unleash the power of data for the industry and our customers.


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