Sunday December 04, 2016

Intel Optane SSDs May Not Be On Shelves Until 2018

There is still plenty of mystery surrounding Optane, like when you’ll be able to buy one or which segment Intel will target first (servers, probably). I wonder if QuantX (Micron’s 3D Xpoint effort) will see further delays as well.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said sample Optane products will ship to more testers next year, and that "it’s really a 2018 ramp for that product," according to a transcript of an October earnings call, posted on Seeking Alpha. As production ramps up next year, the cost of SSDs will come down, Krzanich said. Prototype SSDs are already used in Lenovo's cloud servers, where enterprise applications can be remotely tested. It can sometimes take months until hardware is qualified for use as an end product.