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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 12:31

LSI acquisition of Sand Force is good for OCZ

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Won’t change the partnership

Back in September, we wrote that Intel, Micron and a few other players were eyeing Sand Force, the company that makes the fastest SSD controllers around.

At the end LSI has picked them up, which is probably much better for the industry considering that Intel, Micron, SanDisk, Seagate or Western Digital were potentially interested.

If one of these big boys had picked up Sand Force, a possible scenario was to push out Sand Force partners and use the technology only for their own drives. LSI will let the other players have it and OCZ Technologies told us this in a brief talk we had with some of the managers.

OCZ will continue to bring drives with Sand Force controller for current and future products.  Enthusiasts can be relieved, there will see be Sand Force in many flavours and we can also add that notebooks SSD drives seem to be the next big thing. Not only do they run much faster than models with mechanical hard drives, but they have the upper hand in power efficiency and SSD’s allow designers to come up with lighter, thinner devices, i.e. ultrabooks.

This speed, of course, comes with a saucy price tag and limited capacity, but €135 for 120GB SSD that can read 525MB and write up to 500MB sounds like a decent deal. Of course, most of you will need more than that, but there are a lot of cheap external USB 3 devices that can store much more, once you get home.

To put things in perspective, let’s not forget that OCZ recently acquired Indilinx for roughly 10 times less money than $370 million that LSI spent for Sand Force. LSI paid $322 million cash and another $48 million in unvested stock options and restricted shares held by SandForce employees for a total cost of roughly $370 million USD. On the other hand, OCZ paid $32 million for Indilinx in new shares.

Fuad Abazovic

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+1 #1 Exodite 2011-11-02 12:56
ATM SSDs come off as almost economical, given the HDD prices. :(
+1 #2 milkod2001 2011-11-02 13:58
I have Corsair F60,based on Sand Force, never had single issue with that, guess I'm just lucky, many SSD SF owners were not, u better check forums for drive u are planning to purchase, there's been issues with Corsair Force 3 120GB, OCZ Vertex3 not sure what capacity etc. Best bet for the moment is Intel 510, Crucial M4 or anything not based on Sand Force. Sand Force give u best speed, BUT these drives are not very reliable, hope in future they properly test new SF SSD controllers before they bring them on market
+1 #3 karlsbad 2011-11-02 22:31
Bring on the Octane! Hurry!! or I shall buy Plextor...
0 #4 JStevens 2011-11-03 22:47
...but €135 for 120GB SSD that can read 525MB and write up to 500MB sounds like a decent deal. Of course, most of you will need more than that,...

Just get an OCZ Synapse Cache SSD; HDD capacity, SSD performance!

OCZ is staying ahead of the game here...

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