Things in the SSD world are being turned upside at a fast
pace. We've gone from SSDs using wonky JMicron controllers, to today's stable
of SandForce and Marvell controllers (in a strange twist, Intel is now using Marvell
controllers for its latest SSDs).
Now there's another new development in the world of SSDs.
OCZ just announced that it is acquiring Indilinx Co., Ltd, which is a fabless
SSD controller provider. The purchase is being financed with $32 million in OCZ
"This transaction is an important step in OCZ's
strategy and significantly enhances our ability to capitalize on the worldwide
demand for Solid State Drives," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology
Group. "This combination brings together two organizations that are
committed to advancing solid state drive design, and provides a unique
opportunity for OCZ to increase both customer and shareholder value as well as
expand our reach into embedded markets."
Earlier this year, OCZ announced that it would be abandoning
its DRAM products -- a product line that arguably made a OCZ famous in the
enthusiast community -- in order to go full-speed ahead with SSDs. At the time,
Peterson noted that 78 percent of OCZ's revenue comes from its SSD products.
The company also saw a 325 percent increase in revenue for its SSD business for
Q3 2011 compared to Q3 2010.