Intel has created a mysterious new type of computer memory that could revolutionise the technology industry.
The innovative new design, called 3D XPoint, combines the functions of two types of memory to create a data bank that runs 1,000 times faster than most hard drives.
But Intel is keeping tight-lipped on how the new technology works and what it is made of.
3D XPoint – pronounced ‘three-dee cross-point’ – was officially released this week, and was built and designed with hardware maker Micron.
The technology is a computer ‘building block’ that acts like a Swiss army knife – it can handle several functions, replacing the need for separate components.
‘This is truly transformational,’ Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told Wired.
‘It allows architects – both at the PC level and the data centre level – to rethink how they build the system.’