It’s call 3D XPoint Architecture – a joint venture between Micron and Intel. And it’s revolutionary – a result of 10 years of research and development . With access times reduced at near 1000 times and optimized to access large amounts of small data sets; this new technology promises to revolutionize current and new applications that have such requirements.
Described in the release:
The 3D XPoint innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of words lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to fast and efficient read/write processes.
Types of applications that this tech would affect include biotech modeling, disease tracking and genetics. Perhaps not so glamorous as the new “shiny” smartphone this achievement could have a major, yet indirect, positive impact on humanity.
The Intel/Micron Webcast can be found here