Intel has been talking to several news outlets about their Light Peak technology at CES. While we all knew Intel was going to push this standard in favor of USB 3.0, this is the first time they have mentioned actual finished implementations. Previous estimates said the technology was likely to be ready sometime during 2012; but there is a bit of fine print in this announcement.
Intel Light Peak
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Word got out last week that Intel is delaying the release of USB 3.0 chipsets to 2010. This means a major setback for external drive manufacturers and motherboard builders. For now, PC makers that want to offer USB 3.0 connectivity will have to rely on third-party solutions, increasing component costs and energy usage.
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IMFT, an Intel/Micron joint venture, announced they are sampling flash memory produced on their next-generation, 25nm production process. This latest shrink enables Intel to reach densities of 8 gigabytes per chip, reducing chip count for larger SSD’s and other memory devices.
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Intel and Numonyx have just announced that they have achieved an important breakthrough in he production of Phase-Change Memory. This type of memory is one of the most promising new technologies currently being developed; like Flash memory it retains information when powered off, but provides faster write speeds and better durability.
One of the problems so far has been storage density. Phase-Change Memory works by changing chalcogenide glass between crystalline and amorphous states; the chips containing these are still rather large, and up until now could not be easily stacked on top of each other. Numonyx and Intel claim to have solved this: Continue reading Intel and Numonyx improve phase-change memory
Fudzilla has found documents that give details about an upcoming Solid State Drive from Intel. The drive is supposedly called the X25-X, and would be available before the holiday shopping season starts in a 2.5 inch 40GB unit. It’s based on MLC flash, leading to a 35MB/s write speed. Read performance should be better [...]
During the Intel Developer Forum, Intel hasn’t limited itself to showing off their latest chipsets and CPU’s; PCWorld France reports about a demo from Intel that was running seven PCI-Express Solid State Drives, reaching (as far as I can decipher the French) a million I/O’s per second.
Intel PCI Express flash drive prototype
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LSI is showcasing their first storage controller supporting SR-IOV technology at the Intel Developer Forum. If you’d like to have a look, stop by booth #517.
SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) is a technology that speeds up virtualization by enabling a controller to appear as a physical device in more than one virtual machine. By pushing some of the virtualization logic to the controller, the hypervisor has less work, thus speeding up the functions performed by the hardware. Continue reading LSI shows SR-IOV virtualization feature
When Intel ships a new generation of SSDs that have a data corruption issue, it makes headlines around the world; but somehow I never saw reports about the firmware update they released shortly after that which fixes this.
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