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Seagate Is Going to Expand Its SSD Line This Year

Seagate Is Going to Expand Its SSD Line This Year

Seagate is going to expand its solid state drive (SSD) line this year using co-developed Samsung controller technology and introducing its first multi-level cell drive.

Seagate and Samsung have a flash chip supply and controller partnership. "Seagate ... will have a refreshed line-up of SATA and SAS solid state drives, based on the co-development work with Samsung on controller technology, in 2013. Additionally, our conversations suggested that the company also plans to launch its first MLC-based PCIe SSDs in 2013," Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers gleaned when talking to Seagate execs.

Seagate currently ships its fast single level cell (SLC) Pulsar XT and Pulsar.2 MLC SSDs. Its recent flash activity includes investing in controller company DensBits, whose technology makes slow, shorter-life TLC (3-bits per cell) flash work for longer.

Just over a year ago, Seagate bought Samsung's disk drive business as part of its reaction to Western Digital buying Hitachi GST and leap-frogging Seagate into the disk drive market revenue leadership.

Source: The Register

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