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MILPITAS, Calif - January 19, 2007 - LSI Logic Corp today announced that the waiting-period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect to the proposed merger of LSI and Agere Systems Inc. has expired. On December 4, 2006, LSI and Agere announced a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will be combined in an all-stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $4.0 billion. ...Agere Systems profile, ...LSI Logic profile, storage chips, merged storage companies

SANTA ANA, Calif - January 17, 2007 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced that it shipped the inaugural order of $360,000 of its proprietary 3.5" 2Gbps FC Maracite solid-state drives. The order is a direct result of its recent acquisition of Gnutek developer of its proprietary Maracite SSD for enterprise storage applications. The customer, a leading global communication equipment company, will use Maracite in high-performance voice and data-handling equipment to enable more rapid access to data while significantly reducing storage costs.

Maracite delivers sustained read speed of 200MB per second and sustained write speed of 100MB per second. The Maracite drive delivers read IOPS of 50,000 and write IOPS of 18,000, performing the work of 100 rotating drives. This level of performance is achieved at all supported capacity points, ranging from 18GB to 147GB.

SimpleTech believes that solid-state Flash drives with high-IOPS performance such as Maracite will be able to address the growing needs of the enterprise-class drive market. With NAND Flash prices declining on a continued rapid pace, prices for FC, SAS and SATA based SSD drives are expected to drop to $2 per GB by 2012 which implies 147GB of high-performance storage for less than $300. Based upon these capacity and pricing dynamics, SimpleTech expects that the high-IOPS SSD will make up a significant percentage of the $5 billion high-performance, hard-drive market. This will reduce the price spread between hard-disk drives and SSD, and makes the comparative performance gains of SSD over HDD even more compelling. ...SimpleTech profile, Solid State Disks

Editor's comments:- My SSD Market Penetration Model - published in 2005 (expanding on an earlier 2003 article) - described the 4 main applications for SSDs. Server Acceleration is a type 2 application - which hitherto has been mainly the province of RAM based SSDs. has reported past case studies in which flash was used in preference to RAM for this type of application - because of lower cost or smaller form factor. We also predicted that for 80% of server acceleration environments flash is already fast enough to displace RAM based systems.

BTW - the full text of this press release includes the erroneous claim that SimpleTech's SSD is "the world's fastest enterprise class solid-state drive". They should know better than that - since the marketers in that company have been past fans of this web site.

Vienna, VA - January 16, 2007 - Softek Storage Solutions today announced record revenue for its portfolio of data migration, data replication and disaster recovery software products during the Company's 2007 third fiscal quarter, ending December 31, 2006. Softek posted quarterly revenue growth of 24% over the prior-year same period, and 15% over the previous quarter. The Company also achieved its 7th straight quarter of positive earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. ...Softek profile, Backup Software

Munich, Germany - January 16, 2007 - Ovonyx, Inc. and Qimonda AG today announced that they have entered into a long-term technology cross license agreement for Phase Change Random Access Memory. Ovonyx PCRAM technology uses a reversible phase-change memory process that provides for high performance, dense, array-addressed semiconductor memory technology that can be used as cost effective Flash and DRAM memory replacements. ...Ovonyx profile, ...Qimonda profile, storage chips

Stockholm, SWEDEN - January 16, 2007 - HitachiSoft will distribute Pointsec's Pocket PC security products in the Japanese market under the brand name Hibun AE MobilePhone Encryption. Pointsec is currently the worldwide market leader for mobile data protection, with a global installed base of more than 5 million users. HitachiSoft currently offers per disk data encryption, removable media encryption and file encryption through Hibun AE Information Cypher and full-disk encryption through Hibun FDE (Pointsec for PC). ...Pointsec profile, ...Hitachi profile, Japan Storage VARs, Storage Software, Storage Security

MILPITAS, Calif - January 16, 2007 - LSI Logic Corp today introduced the Engenio 1932 enterprise-class storage systems with Fibre Channel host connectivity and SAS back-ends. Entry-level systems begin with a 12-drive configuration that can scale up to 48 drives, offering more than 14TB of storage when using 300GB SAS drives. The 1932 system is based on the 2U, 12-bay Engenio DM1300 drive module. Featuring two 4Gb/s FC host ports per system, the model 1932 provides the ability to auto-negotiate FC link speeds, providing backward compatibility and investment protection for legacy SAN infrastructures operating at lower speeds. ...LSI Logic profile

Aliso Viejo, Calif - January 16, 2007 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that it has extended its patented SiliconDrive product line to offer a 1.8-inch form factor. Available now in capacities up to 16GB, the new smaller form factor SiliconDrive is aimed at size and weight constrained applications, such as tablet and notebook PCs, in-flight applications and portable medical devices. Applications that have historically been forced to use 2.5-inch form factor hard drives now have a smaller, lighter package alternative. ...SiliconSystems profile

Editor's comments:- that brings the number of SSD oems with 1.8" form factor products to 9. See SSD Buyers Guide for full listings by interface and form factor.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - January 16, 2007 - Seagate Technology today introduced the world's fastest hard drive - the Savvio 15K - a 15K RPM 2.5" SAS drive. The new SAS drives are currently shipping in 36GB and 73GB capacities ...Seagate profile, Record Breaking Storage

BOULDER, Colo - January 15, 2007 - ProStor Systems today announced the addition of a 160GB capacity to its lineup of RDX removable disk cartridges - a 33% increase over its previous capacity. Like all RDX cartridges, the new 160GB capacity is fully forward and backward compatible with all RDX drives. Designed with enterprise-class features, RDX cartridges and drives back up more than 125GB of data per hour, access files instantly and archive data safely for more than a decade. The RDX storage solution is 10 times faster and more reliable than any tape storage product used in the past by small and mid-sized businesses. ...ProStor Systems profile, Disk to disk backup
LSI Logic Clear to Merge with Agere Systems

SimpleTech's SSDs Grasp Server Acceleration Nettle

Softek Reports 24% Revenue Growth

Ovonyx and Qimonda Collaborate on PCRAM

HitachiSoft Extends Market for Mobile Disk Encryption

LSI Delivers New SAS Powered SAN Storage

SiliconSystems Announces 1.8" SSDs

Seagate Ships Record Breaking 2.5" SAS HDDs

ProStor Announces Bigger RDX Drive

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