Intel has announced the discontinuation of its Optane-based SSDs, ending the company’s several year-long stint in the high-end storage market. The company is ending the sales and production of all its consumer-grade Optane SSDs, namely the Memory M10, 800p, 900p as well as the 950p, with no new products in the pipeline.
Intel will not provide a new large-capacity Optane Memory SSD as a transition product for the client market segment. Intel will focus on the new Optane Memory H20 with Solid State Storage for the client market segment.
Considering that Intel is selling its storage business to SK Hynix, this may not sound that surprising but it’s important to note that the company is retaining the ownership of its Optane (3D Xpoint) business and IP. In view of the latter, this sudden announcement does come as a bit of a shock as Intel was doing fairly well in this segment.
The only product Intel still offers in the consumer SSD market are the Optane Memory H20 drives, but unlike the M10 and 800/900p series, these are based on the slower QLC NAND and are primarily aimed at the OEM and notebook market as low-cost alternatives to traditional magnetic storage.
|Discontinuation Posted||Last Order Date||Last Shipment Date|
|Intel Optane Memory 900 and 905P Series||January 15, 2021||January 15, 2021||February 26, 2021|
|Intel Optane Memory 800P Series||January 14, 2021||January 11, 2021||February 26, 2021|
|Intel Optane Memory M10 Series||January 13, 2021||January 13, 2021||February 26, 2021|
Intel will ship the last wave of its consumer SSDs by the end of next month (26th Feb) which is a relatively shorter discontinuation period than most of Intel’s other products. The company will still sell 2dn Gen Optane SSDs in the server and Data Center market with the P5800X being a noteworthy product.
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