Intel has revealed it will come with solid state disks that combine its QLC 3D-NAND and 3D Xpoint memory in a single M.2 form factor. The new drives are called, “Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage” and should become available in spring this year.
With the SSDs, Intel hopes to combine the best of both worlds, the capacity and cost of the QLC 3D-NAND, and the performance of the 3D Xpoint Optane memory. Frequently accessed data will be stored on the fast Optane memory and for mass storage, the QLC NAND will be used.
According to the website Tom’s Hardware, Intel revealed at CES that the Optane Memory H10 modules will become available in a version that combines 32 GB Optane memory with either 512 GB or 1 TB of QLC NAND and a version that combines 16 GB of Optane memory with 256 GB of QLC storage.
Tom’s also adds that the drive will come with both a controller for the Optane memory and a controller for the QLC NAND. Nevertheless, in most configurations the drives will be configured in such a way that it appears to be a single drive to the system.
Intel has not released any pricing information yet, but does mention that the first drives should become available in spring this year.