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Intel discontinues Optane Memory-only SSDs

Intel has discontinued all of its Optane Memory-only SSDs from the client-market segment without providing a new successor. As per Intel, from now on, the new Optane Memory H20 with solid-state storage will be the company’s product for that same segment.

As per TomsHardware, Intel’s discontinuance of the Optane Memory-only SSDs includes the Optane Memory M10, 800P, 900P, and 905P SSDs, putting an end to the high-end Optane SSDs for desktops. The discontinuance process of all models will be short, with the last orders being accepted on January 15th. The final shipment will go out in late February.

Starting now, Intel client-oriented SSDs will be the Optane Memory H20 storage drives, featuring both Optane and QLC flash memory in a single package. Aimed at ultrabooks and small form factor PCs.

Taking into consideration the sale of its NAND business to SK Hynix, Intel’s decision to discontinue the Optane-only SSDs may seem logical. Nonetheless, the company will keep the Optane Memory IP, which was co-developed with Micron.

Unlike the recently announced Intel SSDs, the Optane Memory M10, 800P, 900P, and 905P SSDs all feature the 1st generation of Intel Optane Memory. Moreover, the company also stated that it plans to deliver the 3rd generation of Optane persistent memory, implying that the company plans to keep producing Optane-only storage devices, but only for the professional and enterprise markets.

KitGuru says: Have you ever owned an Intel Optane Memory-only SSD? What was your experience with this storage device? 

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