Western Digital’s Solid Data Storage
Solid State Drives Tech Deal
Western Digital Corp. (WD), a pioneer and leader in the data-storage field, sees solid-state drives (SSDs) as an increasingly viable option for customers in certain markets and applications, says John Coyne, president and CEO. To gain a foothold in the SSD market, the company recently acquired SiliconSystems Inc., an SSD supplier serving the embedded systems market.
SSDs use flash memory chips to store data for equipment such as cellular base stations, network infrastructure equipment and medical devices, the company reports. SiliconSystems will now be known as the Western Digital Solid-State Storage business unit. Says Michael Hajeck, senior vice president and general manager of the new unit: “By leveraging the combined technology portfolios, Western Digital is now well positioned to participate in the new and emerging markets for SSDs as well as to advance its storage leadership position in the embedded systems and communications markets.”