This just in. LSI Corporation has announced its intent to acquire SandForce, Inc. LSI will spend about $322 million in cash for the deal. SandForce will become part of LSI's newly formed Flash Components Division, with current SandForce president, Michael Raam, as general manager.
This is good news for LSI, which already has storage PCIe flash adapters. However, wIth many SSD manufacturers already using SandForce's unique processors, the question is, where will they stand now that LSI is holding the reins?
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LSI had a home grown SSD solution that fizzled without a real customer. SandForce has been searching for a buyer for over a year. Picking up SandForce gets LSI into the market. But it is not clear that LSI can pivot well from the consumer SSD market into enterprise.
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