With the introduction of the Intel Optane memory and Intel Atom processors, Intel has been slowly shifting away from its long-held focus on CPUs and chipsets for smartphones.
Intel says that it’s “moving away from the mobile server platform,” as it does with PCs, and instead, focusing on the smartphone platform.
Intel’s Optane chip will support storage up to 32GB, as well as high-end SSDs and even full HD video, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to go overboard to get your hands on one.
Intel is already rolling out a new, ultra-low-power variant of its Optane SSD, called the SSDT, which can be used for both SSDs as well.
Intel says that the Optane processor will support “up to 32Gb of flash storage,” and that the SSDTs will be compatible with Intel’s latest Atom processor.
It’s not clear yet how much of an impact this will have on storage, but Intel says it’s working to make the SSDTi “the most energy-efficient SSD available.”
While we can’t expect the Optanese SSDTi to be the most energy efficient SSD available, it’s still a step in the right direction, and we’d love to see Intel improve on that performance for smartphones with more flash.