Micron is stepping away from 3D XPoint memory technology. This week, it was revealed that the company is looking to sell its 3D XPoint memory fabrication plant, as well as ceasing all R&D funding into the technology.
Micron first began working on 3D XPoint technology six years ago in a joint venture with Intel. As we know, Intel went on to produce their own 3D XPoint products under the ‘Optane' brand name. Micron had similar plans to ship 3D XPoint memory products under the QuantX brand, but nothing ever shipped officially. Now, Micron is stepping away from 3D XPoint memory entirely, but there is one problem, Micron bought out Intel's half of the factory where the memory is produced.
Micron would rather use its money to expand its existing DRAM and NAND facilities, rather than spending the money to convert this particular factory. With little need for a 3D XPoint memory fabrication facility, Micron is now looking to sell the Utah-based factory. As reported by Anandtech, Micron is already in discussions with several potential buyers, the most obvious of which is Intel.
Of course, Intel buying the factory is not a guarantee, as their are other suitors who may not mind spending the extra money to convert it for other purposes. We should hear more on a potential buyer soon.
KitGuru Says: Micron is ditching 3D XPoint memory but Intel is still very much invested in the technology. Do you think Intel will end up expanding its Optane Memory operations by acquiring the factory?