Intel's new next-gen laptop hybrid SSD is on the way

Intel Optane
Intel Optane (Image credit: Intel)

What you need to know

  • Intel has announced a hybrid SSD.
  • It combines NAND and Optane technology onto a single device.
  • It will be widely available to OEMs in June.

Intel has announced a new memory and storage hybrid solution for laptops, entitled "Intel Optane memory H20 with solid state storage." It's a name that, while not exactly easy to roll off the tongue, is aggressively functional in getting the point across — it's an SSD-memory stick fusion.

It's slated to have two different capacities out of the gate:

  • 32GB Intel Optane Memory + 512GB Storage
  • 32GB Intel Optane Memory + 1TB Storage

Here's how Intel describes it: "By combining the best attributes of Intel Optane technology and Intel QLC 3D NAND technology, Intel Optane memory H20 brings together two revolutionary memory and storage technologies on a single M.2 2280 form factor device."

You can see the full announcement post and associated documents on Intel's site.

Intel mentions it'll be available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) starting June 20. As this is a laptop component, don't expect a large consumer market for this, hence the lack of a price tag in the press release. It's being targeted at and optimized for notebooks, small form factor desktops, and all-in-one (AiO) PCs.

This isn't the only neat technology-related development Intel's cooked up in recent memory. Intel Labs recently redefined what photorealism means for real-time synthetic imagery generation (which includes video game graphics). Check out what the company did to Grand Theft Auto V with its research.

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  • Here is an interesting question, if your SSD crapout, is your memory dead as well?
    If the answer is yes, that is unwarranted double jeopardy.
  • I don't think Optane is a replacement for memory; rather, another layer of fast cache that sits on top of it. So in case of failure, your system should fall back to the actual RAM.
    Further, just because two components are part of the same board doesn't necessarily mean they will crap out together. It can happen but doesn't have to.
  • I think you're wrong. There will probably be small soldered RAM/EPROM for bootload (BIOS&BIOS Graphics) and then handshake to this hybrid SSD at OS load. When it fails, no RAM, No GPU memory and no storage.
  • "if your SSD crapout, is your memory dead as well?"
    This isn't RAM, it's a pre-buffer for the SSD. It has nothing to do with the system memory, it's just based on the same idea but applied to storage. It's all on the storage slot, not the board. The system learns which apps you launch/use the most and keeps them in Optane vs. loading from the slower SSD.
  • Then the article is misleading. Should've read 32GB buffer or 32GB cache. And if thats the case, even good old HDD has cache. Calling it hybrid is far fetched