Referring back to the recent acquisition of bigtime SSD controller maker SandForce by LSI, it looks like this was most probably a best case scenario being played out considering what could (and most likely would) have happened had LSI not swallowed them up.
It's been said that some of the other, much more aggressive, consumer focused mobs were really eyeing off SandForce as well; this including the likes of Intel, Micron, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital. A piece written by Fuad of Fudzilla gives good insight to the (much uglier) scenario that would have likely taken place had one of these other mobs snapped up SF.
If one of these big boys had picked up Sand Force, a possible scenario was to push out Sand Force partners and use the technology only for their own drives. LSI will let the other players have it and OCZ Technologies told us this in a brief talk we had with some of the managers.
OCZ will continue to bring drives with Sand Force controller for current and future products. Enthusiasts can be relieved, there will see be Sand Force in many flavours and we can also add that notebooks SSD drives seem to be the next big thing. Not only do they run much faster than models with mechanical hard drives, but they have the upper hand in power efficiency and SSD's allow designers to come up with lighter, thinner devices, i.e. ultrabooks.
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