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Seagate Technology, the world’s largest maker of hard disk drives, said this week that despite of its intention to enter the market of solid-state drives this year it does not have plans to invest into actual makers of flash memory.

“Seagate has no plans to get into flash manufacture. Our focus is on making SSDs into IT-ready products that matches the compatibility, standards and capabilities of today’s disk drives,” a spokesperson for Seagate told Bit-Tech web-site.

Earlier this month an analyst at investment bank Pacific Crest Securities, wrote in a note to clients that Seagate might delay introduction of its solid-state drives to 2011 because of the issues with relationships between LSI Corp. and Seagate. According to the analyst, Seagate would have to utilize SSD controllers from other makers, which would delay the release of actual products rather tangibly.

Seagate denied the report last week, however, it was not clear whether the company planned to invest into a flash memory maker to obtain NAND flash chips for its SSDs. Still, Seagate stresses that it will only offer SSDs for enterprise customers.

“The Seagate SSD offering will be a product for high-end enterprise computing where we see SSDs creating a new tier of performance and where we see the best-fit application for the technology at this time. Our 30 years of experience and expertise in the enterprise storage segment will enable us to ensure that our SSDs are what are required by the market and that they are compatible with existing storage ecosystems,” the company said.

Tags: Seagate, SSD, Flash


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