Western Digital, a market leader in 2.5-inch drives, has entered the SSD market through the $65 million purchase of solid-state manufacturer SiliconSystems. This buy-out will allow Western Digital access to the netbook market, where until now it has lacked a presence.
SiliconSystems produces SSDs in various interfaces including “SATA, EIDE, PC Card, USB, and CF, in 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch, and CF.” While Western Digital currently puts its 2.5-inch drives into notebooks, the netbook sector has seen none of its products thus far.
According to President and CEO John Coyne, all of that is about to change:
“SiliconSystems’ intellectual property and technical expertise will significantly accelerate WD’s solid-state drive development programs for the Netbook, client and enterprise markets.”
The acquisition will make SiliconSystems into the new WD Solid-State business unit, ripe and ready for action in the netbook category.