has announced that its has completed a US $65 million acquisition of SiliconSystems which is a known supplier of solid-state drives for the embedded systems market. This acquirement definitely means that WD has finally put its eyes on the SSD market.
The acquired SiliconSystems has a high share in the embedded system market and its product portfolio includes solid state drives with SATA, EIDE, PC Card, USB and CF interfaces in 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch, CF and other form factors. The company will be integrated in Western Digital, and will be known as WD’s Solid-State Storage business unit.
Hopefully, this acquirement means that we will soon see some Western Digital SSDs on the market, as these drives are getting cheaper and faster by the day. Having mechanical drives and SSD on a side is a smart investment in the future, as we beleive that future will be SSD for the OS and programs and mechanical drive with a few Terabytes storage for everything else.
You can check out the SiliconSystems' website here