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LSI to acquire SandForce for $370 million

10/26/2011 09:56 PM EDT
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Dave.Dykstra
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Dave.Dykstra   10/27/2011 3:30:25 AM
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From a product point of view, this looks like a good fit that could increase LSIs penetration in storage if they can make the merger work well for them.

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DBSingh180   10/27/2011 4:37:39 AM
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LSI has been using Sandforce flash controllers in warpdrive (PCIe based SSD) for some time now. Sandforce controllers are essentially SAS/SATA to flash IF bridge which implies the PCIe based SSD's from LSI are going to have the added latency of SAS/SATA interconnect, which according to me is a disadvantage as compared to products which have PCIe-to-Flash controllers. Only possibility I see is that LSI and SandForce are already working on PCIe-to-Flash controller in backgroung.

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DBSingh180   10/27/2011 4:41:30 AM
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The price point at which LSI sells warpdrive ($11K)this acquisition wouls only make sense when there is a confirmed customer in top three OEM's for warpdrive. As $370 Mn in such times is huge bet.

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goafrit   10/27/2011 8:33:35 PM
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@Dave - the problem is the integration as you noted. That is the devil. It seems internal innovation is low and people are just buying these days.

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cordovan66   10/27/2011 9:01:45 PM
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The annual revenue is about 2 Billion and net income is about 120 million. Given this, isn't 370 million too low a sale price? I thought the valuation of a company was typically 4x the revenue.

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