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WD Enters Solid-State Drive Market With Aquisition of SiliconSystems

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Western Digital Corp., a world leader in hard drive storage for computing and consumer electronics applications, today announced that it has completed a $65 million cash acquisition of SiliconSystems, Inc., Aliso Viejo, Calif., a leading supplier of solid-state drives for the embedded systems market.

Since its inception in 2002, SiliconSystems has sold millions of SiliconDrive products to meet the high performance, high reliability and multi-year product lifecycle demands of the network-communications, industrial, embedded-computing, medical, military and aerospace markets. These markets accounted for approximately one third of worldwide solid-state drive revenues in 2008. SiliconSystems' 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. SiliconSystems has developed extensive intellectual property to address the stringent embedded systems market requirements to ensure data integrity, eliminate unscheduled downtime, protect application data and software and provide for data security and protection through its patented and patent-pending PowerArmor, SiSMART, SolidStor and SiSecure technologies.

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great. more competition on the SSD market=greater production=less $ per GB.
lets just hope they don't use the JMicron controller XD
 
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NICE! Finally a SSD with a brand name I'd actually consider buying!

All they need to do now is make one with 1tb capacity, at the price of a 500GB platter HD, and I'll be all over it.
 

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NICE! Finally a SSD with a brand name I'd actually consider buying!

All they need to do now is make one with 1tb capacity, at the price of a 500GB platter HD, and I'll be all over it.
Yeah I agree I can't wait till they do start making those larger capacity drives and cheaper. Hell I wouldn't mind if they made them in 3.5" sizes as long as it was cheaper.
 
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NICE! Finally a SSD with a brand name I'd actually consider buying!

All they need to do now is make one with 1tb capacity, at the price of a 500GB platter HD, and I'll be all over it.
I guess we'll see you in about 5-10 years then.:roll: By then, SSD will be old tech.:p It is good to see more competition in the market, that's for sure.
 

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I guess we'll see you in about 5-10 years then.:roll: By then, SSD will be old tech.:p
Don't say that :(
I'm waiting on some big chunky SSD's too. To me it seems that they're moving quick because now we got faster and bigger drives and more and more users are buying them.
 

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NICE! Finally a SSD with a brand name I'd actually consider buying!

All they need to do now is make one with 1tb capacity, at the price of a 500GB platter HD, and I'll be all over it.
To be honest I used to feel the same way. It seems like in the past 3 months I have had 3 WD HD's crap themselves (one of which was a 74gb Raptor, another I have had under a year, and the 3rd was MAYBE 2 years old). I used to recommend Western Digital to any of my friends that would ask. I dunno. Maybe I am a noob and somehow did it to them myself. Just sucks because I had backed up all my Pictures from past vacations to one hard drive (then it died), my music to another (then it died), and the third was just random storage space.

Side note, if anyone has a site they can link me to for tinkering with the internal workings of an HD i'd really like to try to either swap the PCB's with the HD controllers and see if I can salvage the hard drives or if it comes down to it even swap the platters from the old hard drive to a new one.

I have xfire - foebia
msn - denethor3@hotmail.com
aim - iflyuscg

Any help would be appreciated.
 
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great. more competition on the SSD market=greater production=less $ per GB.
lets just hope they don't use the JMicron controller XD
agree , company like WD make good challenge in prices
 
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SAWEET! About time WD jumped on the band wagon.