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Intel teams up with Hitachi on SSDs

Passionate alliance leads to link
Tue Dec 02 2008, 12:26

INTEL IS TEAMING up with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) to make solid-state drives for server computers.

The two firms say they’ll work together to develop Serial Attached SCSI and Fibre Channel enterprise-class solid-state drives for servers, workstations and storage systems. The first jointly developed products should tip up sometime in early 2010.

Hitachi is big in the hard disk drive market, whilst Chipzilla already manufactures and sells consumer and enterprise-class solid-state drives, so a link up sounds sensible.

Intel said the new SSDs would complement its existing enterprise-class hard disk drives, rather than replace them, adding the new technology was slated for use in storage applications which need very high Input/Output operations per second performance and power efficiency.

Within the terms of the deal, Hitachi GST will brand, exclusively sell and supply new SSDs, and will use Intel’s NAND flash memory and SSD technology. µ


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