X-point Disruptive to IT
Imagine a desktop or laptop that boots up in 1 second with all the programs and apps already loaded into its main memory, along with every file, photo, video, database, etc all up ready to launch instantly with no lag. Intel XPoint is the solution.
Imagine a computer system with almost no lag, where the CPU can sing to rip through tasks never having to wait for a hard-drive or SSD. Xpoint is up to 10,000x faster than current SSD's, but it holds the data when the power is off just like NAND Flash. Xpoint is not as fast as DDR4, but that is because Xpoint is new, in its first generation, while DDR memory started in 1966, and has undergone a lot of iterative improvements over a long time interval.
Computers that Ship OEM with an Xpoint drive in 2016, likely Q3, will likely still have 8GB of traditional ram, 16GB in gaming machines, and 32GB or more in workstations that require peak performance. Xpoint is fast enough for mainstream use case browser work computers to replace the RAM and Harddrive, with something that is better.
The Xpoint Drive with 1TB of storage, will enable most people to load their entire OS, every application, and all of their files.
Heavy data users like photographers and videographers will still be using bulk drives, today the 3.5in desktop drive comes in 8TB variants. Cost per unit of memory will still be dominated by platter based traditional hard-drives, they are the most mature of all memory storage technologies still in use today, started out the size of a standard fridge, and gradually became smaller over time. The 2.5in laptop drives of up to 2TB today are some of the coolest traditional hard-drives available for bulk storage on the go. SSD's with that kind of storage are still expensive.
Intel Micron Xpoint is revolutionary as an improvement over todays SSD drives. 13,000,000x faster than a spinning hard-drive, the Xpoint drives of tomorrow are performance monsters, finally a data storage solution that can keep up with that top of the line Intel i7 CPU and Nvidia 980 GPU.
XPoint drives will enabled something like an IBM Watson to happen in the homes of normal people, without hogging the high speed data connection to the web. If you had perhaps 100TB of Xpoint drive loaded with a general knowledge index, natural language processor, speech to text engine, and a cleaver a.i. engine, then you could enjoy something way cooler than Amazon Echo at home without the cloud (Alexa is hosted on Amazons Cloud Compute Platform, which gives Echo its braun). Xpoint based home AI computers will enable something like Jarvis to come to the homes of normal people.
Your brain holds about 700TB of adaptive memory computer neurons, constantly changing, managing data form your eyes, your balance gate propiception, motor control system IO, ears, touch system, smell system, and taste system. Your brain is a biological intelligence computer, your body is its systems, your Nerves are the high speed IO network. Xpoint will pave the way for home assistant robots that are intelligent and helpful, ones than can think with a rational statistical object pattern recognition system that is modeled after human intelligence. We will make the robots in our own image, with brain computers that are modeled in terms of function after our own.
The next innovation after Xpoint, will be called, Memory Compute, something that combines the bulk data storage, random access memory, CPU and GPU action all into the same device, a lithographed neuron like 3D stack structure, very much like a neuron, where each compute node has its own Xpoint, where the CPU and CPU cores are mated at the atomic level with bulk storage and high speed ram, the L1, L2, and L3 cache joint on die by a GPU and Xpoint. I suspect this will occur at the maturation of the 8nm process node in the 2020's.
Today neurological silicon computers that learn are limited to a few examples of drones that can fly into a room, map the room, then fly into another room and user the previous rooms map to map the new room faster, so on and so forth, until it becomes an expert at mapping rooms, though a machine learning process and a specialized CPU made of of silicon neurons, with memory. These AI piloted drones will push the envelop for the kind of AI engine we will see with home assistant robots in the 2020's. Xpoint, and the technologies that build on it will push the boundary of computer science and applied technology forward for new and innovative products, services and devices. Whole new industries will emerge as augmented reality head-sets become a game changer, and AI piloted drones and self driving cars become a commercial reality. Xpoint will help to make these products better.
Posted by Aaron Kenneth Schwarz