Intel’s Purley server platform won’t use 3D XPoint memory

Intel and Micron have been generating buzz for 3D XPoint, their upcoming non-volatile memory product. Rumors have been swirling about when this technology will be hitting the market. The latest rumor suggets we'll see 3D XPoint powering Optane memory modules before the end of the year. Other implementations of 3D XPoint appear to be delayed, however. In a recent earnings call, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the new memory won't be a part of its next server platform.

In the call, Krzanich says that Intel has been sampling a variety of server products to some of its "leading edge customers." In addition to talking about 3D XPoint, Krzanich mentions omni-path fabric and silicon photonics. However, it appears that 3D XPoint isn't yet ready for the big stage. He said, "there will be a second generation of [Purley Xeons] that includes 3D XPoint."

Considering that the second generation of Purley isn't expected until 2018, it'll be a while before Intel ships 3D XPoint DIMMs for its Xeon processors. However, Krzanich did leave the door open for other 3D XPoint products in the meantime. In the conference call, he claims that the new memory will be qualified before the end of 2016. Intel's already shipping samples of 3D XPoint, and is expecting to ramp up production and see revenue growth for the product in 2017. While Intel is being coy about the details, it appears that we can expect to see 3D XPoint arrive in desktop products in 2017, and server products as early as 2018.

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    • just brew it!
    • 3 years ago

    There have been rumors of performance issues. I predict that this will be a “soft launch” for niche applications.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 years ago

    No mention of when first gen is supposed to launch without x point?

    • demani
    • 3 years ago

    Talk about saying nothing with a lot of words: “he claims that the new memory will be qualified before the end of 2016. Intel’s already shipping samples of 3D XPoint, and is expecting to ramp up production and see revenue growth for the product in 2017”

    So if they sell one stick, they will have seen revenue growth (from zero). And if they sell one stick in the 1st quarter and 10 the following, 100 in Q3 and 1000in Q4? “1000% growth in the product every quarter”. And it would be 100% true.

    I really was hoping they were pushing it a little harder. But maybe the 3D Xpoint guys weren’t exactly sure when they were going to RTM, so Intel had to have their platform guys go ahead with their roadmap.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      If you replace “3D Xpoint” with “Zen” then you have pretty much what Lisa Su said about Zen in AMD’s conference call that occurred two days later.

    • the
    • 3 years ago

    🙁

    I had high hopes for this technology. The ability to use 3D Xpoint as addressable (but notably slow) main memory. Lots of revolutionary possibilities with that tech.

    • nico1982
    • 3 years ago

    I guess we will see XPoint in more tightly coupled, embedded solutions before an alternative to DRAM modules, no?

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