Analyzing Intel-Micron 3D XPoint: The Next Generation Non-Volatile Memory

The current mainstream memory technologies, namely DRAM and NAND, have been around for decades. While clever engineering work has allowed the two to scale below 20nm geometries, both technologies have their inherent architectural limitations. But what if you were to take the best characteristics of DRAM and NAND and create a whole new type of memory? Meet Intel's and Micron's new 3D XPoint, the next generation non-volatile memory technology. It is said to provide up to a thousand times better endurance and performance than modern NAND technology does, while being non-volatile and very scalable at the same time. Read on for our full analysis.