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Intel admits VROC technology obit premature

by on18 January 2023

Came a little too soon

Chipzilla surprised the world of tech on 6 January by announcing that it will kill off its Virtual Raid on CPU (VROC) technology that is popular with its data centre Xeon chips. Now it is telling us that the announcement was too soon.

Chipzilla said that the PCN was prematurely posted while the decision was under evaluation.

"After discussing with the ecosystem and customers we realize there is significant demand for this product and intend to continue to support it,” an Intel spokesperson told Tom's Hardware.

VROC functionality is activated via different types of physical RAID keys that plug into the motherboard, each enabling a different level of RAID support.

The keys cost between $100 for basic functionality to $250 for the full-featured model. Intel also offered these keys for consumer systems but it does not seem that many were interested.

Intel originally posted 23 January as the last orders day for the products and added that all support for VROC (Virtual Raid on CPU) software will be discontinued.

Now it looks like that is not happening and all is well with the world. However, it was a possibility. CEO Pat Gelsinger's shift to focusing on the company's logic chips has seen the company stepping away from several of its 'adjacencies,' like its storage business.


Last modified on 18 January 2023
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