Upcoming Mac laptops could sport Intel’s “super-fast” Optane memory and SSD products, according to PC World. After all, Apple was the first to implement Thunderbolt and processor technologies from Intel.
PC World says that the first Optane products will likely be SSDs and reach enthusiasts' PCs next year, then spread to other desktops and mobile products. Optane memory DIMMs, which can be plugged into existing memory slots, are also coming.
Optane technology was introduced at IDF 2015 and will first come to market in a new line of high-endurance, high-performance SSDs beginning in 2016, according to Intel. The technology combines 3D XPoint non-volatile memory media with the company’s system memory controller, interface hardware and software IP.
3D XPoint technology was unveiled by Intel and Micron in August 2015, creating what the companies say is the first new memory category in more than 25 years. 3D Xpoint memory media can be 10 times denser than DRAM, and is reportedly 1,000 times faster and durable than flash storage. Intel has demonstrated Optane storage operating at approximately seven times faster than its current SSDs.