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LSI buys SSD controller designer Sandforce

Wants to beef up PCIe SSDs
Thu Oct 27 2011, 15:10

STORAGE VENDOR LSI has purchased Sandforce, one of the biggest names in the solid state disk (SSD) controller business.

LSI, which flogs workstation and enterprise storage equipment, has agreed to pay $322m in cash for Sandforce in a deal that will push the firm further into the enterprise SSDs market. LSI has said that it is looking to position itself as a vendor of PCI Express SSDs, which are growing in popularity with server vendors.

Sandforce popped up seemingly from nowhere with its SSD controllers, which challenged market incumbents such as Intel and Marvell. The performance figures attained by Sandforce's controllers have picked up numerous design wins for the company.

Michael Raam, Sandforce president and CEO chose to focus on the PCIe SSD market in announcing the deal and said, "The combination of Sandforce and LSI allows us to deliver differentiated solutions in the PCIe flash adapter segment by tightly integrating flash memory and management."

Reliability of Sandforce controllers caused some concern earlier this year, but lately the chatter about failing SSDs has died down a bit. Consequently, Sandforce has ridden out the storm well enough for Raam and his employees to pick up a nice little bonus.

LSI expects the deal to buy Sandforce to be completed in the first quarter of 2012, with Raam set to become the general manager of LSI's Flash Components Division. µ


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