Looks like Western Digital is going to enter the SSD market. The Big Drive maker famous for the Raptor and Velociraptor drives has just dropped a hefty $65 million to grab up SilionSystems.
SiliconSystems is already a maker of SSDs and Compact Flash drives. This will help Western Digital open up their New Western Digital Solid State division.
The move puts WD in a great position to leverage their already nice slice of the notebook/netbook drive demand and also opens up a potential path for enterprise SSD offerings too.
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The Fremont, Calif.-based Western Digital has a strong presence in the notebook industry with its 2.5-inch drives, but not the rapidly expanding Netbook segment. With the acquisition, Western Digital is now instantly a player in that market.
"SiliconSystems' intellectual property and technical expertise will significantly accelerate WD's solid-state drive development programs for the Netbook, client and enterprise markets," said Western Digital President and CEO John Coyne in a statement Monday.