HP and SanDisk team up to rival Micron and Intel’s 3D XPoint memory tech

Intel and Micron recently announced a new class of ‘3D XPoint’ non-volatile memory that is up to 1,000 times faster than NAND, but now they’ve got some competition.

New ‘Storage-Class Memory’ tech is now on the way from HP and SanDisk.

The two firms have joined forces to create new memory technology that runs at DRAM or near-DRAM speeds but is less costly.

Both Intel and Micron’s 3D XPoint and HP and SanDisk’s Storage-Class Memory (SCM) claim to be 1,000 times faster than flash and offer up to 1,000 times more endurance.

HP and SanDisk are hoping the tech will create better data centre SSDs. HP will contribute its Memristor tech, while SanDisk will provide non-volatile ReRAM memory tech and manufacturing and design expertise.

“Our partnership to collaborate on new SCM technology solutions is expected to revolutionise computing in the years ahead,” said Siva Sivaram SanDisk’s EVP for memory technology.

Intel and Micron announced their 3D XPoint tech back in July 2015, claiming they have created the first new memory category in more than 25 years.

“For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis,” said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group.

“This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions.”

So which new memory tech will be better? Well, with SanDisk’s ReRAM rumoured to only start production in 2018, we’ll have to wait a while yet until we can have a TV Burp-style ‘FIIIIIIIGHT’.

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