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Intel breaks silence on effects of Micron's 3D XPoint exit

Daniel Nenni

Staff member

Intel's director of technology initiatives was surprised by Micron's exit from 3D XPoint business and confirms company's plans to have Optane on emerging CXL interface.​

Intel broke its silence yesterday on technology aspects of Micron's decision to pull the plug on the 3D XPoint memory that the two manufacturing partners had developed to fill the performance gap between NAND flash and DRAM.

"We were as surprised as anyone when Micron made their announcement," said Jim Pappas, director of technology initiatives at Intel, during a live panel discussion yesterday at the SNIA Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Summit.

Panel moderator Dave Eggleston, principal of Intuitive Cognition Consulting, referred to Micron's March news as the "elephant in the room" at the outset of the session entitled "What does the future hold for persistent memory?"


Fred Chen

It is mainly surprising that Micron bought out Intel's share first and is now selling it. I guess a practically Intel-only restriction on the 3D XPoint technology through Optane marketing restricts the market too much for Micron.