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Micron brands XPoint as...

Micron revealed at the Flash Memory Summit this week that it will brand its XPoint tech as QuantX.

Intel has been splattering the world with Optane XPoint branding for a while. Micron has finally caught up and it will have separate QuantX branding for its XPoint technology-based products. It's talking to SSD manufacturers about using its QuantX chips, and also to storage array suppliers.

As QuantX pricing will be 4-5 times more than NAND and about half that of DRAM, it looks likely to be a technology to sit in the price/performance gap between memory and flash. Micron has data centre customers in its sights rather than gamers. Extreme low-latency arrays (think NVME over fabrics) could use QuantX instead of NAND SSDs but, otherwise, it looks like a server play.

Expect product in the back half of 2017, several months after Intel Optane arrives. ®

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