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LSI Completes Acquisition of SandForce

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LSI Corporation announced that it has completed the purchase of SandForce, Inc., the leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs). With the addition of innovative flash-based storage solutions that accelerate application performance, LSI assumes a leadership position in the rapidly growing market for flash storage processors for ultrabook, notebook and enterprise SSD and flash solutions.

“Customer response to the announcement has been very positive and we are pleased to now be able to fully demonstrate the benefits of the combined technology capabilities of LSI and SandForce,” said Jeff Richardson, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Together, we offer the broadest storage technology portfolio in the industry, and are well positioned to help customers manage their growth and the explosive growth in data across enterprises and the cloud.”



Flash storage processors provide the intelligence required to deliver the performance and low-latency benefits of flash storage in enterprise and client applications. SandForce’s award-winning products improve the reliability, endurance and power efficiency of flash-based storage solutions, resulting in storage solutions that improve performance and deliver the durability required to more broadly adopt flash in mission-critical applications.

The SandForce team joins LSI as the newly formed Flash Components Division, headed by Michael Raam, formerly president and CEO of SandForce. Approximately 190 SandForce employees have joined the LSI team with the close of the transaction.

The company will provide more information on the acquisition on its fourth quarter earnings conference call.

Source: LSI
 
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I wonder what will this mean to the existing OEM's that use SandForce drives and what will all this mean for SSD market considering SandForce has a very big chunk of this market...
 
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^ first thing that came to mind was their 'close friendship' with OCZ.
Never cared much for LSI, found their products to be unnecessarily unfriendly compared to other high quality storage controller manufacturers. (suppose I shouldn't blame them in their entirety for their FW engineering teams flaws, meh)
 
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I think OCZ did a pretty good move with the acquisition of Indilinx, now they are shipping the Octane that has their proprietary controller :)
It will surely cover their ass if LSI screws up something with SF
 

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like if the drives crash 5x a day on an intel chipset??? coz that wold be a pretty big f**k up wouldn't it lol??

How I love ny agility 3 drive :love:
 

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Honestly I dont think this is going to be bad for anyone. LSI has been around for a very long time. I even use one of tehir raid cards in my dual xeon server with some SCSI cheetah drives. It does a good job. Their not some cheap knock off company with enough money to buy a big one (SS) imo in this economy and the price of server stuff as it is I think their stable enough to make it worth while if they have made it far enough to buy out the leading SSD controller company for the consumer market.