After initially playing a bit of a wait and see game with solid state drives, suggesting an eventual entry in the low-end segment, Western Digital is now buying its way into the market by announcing the acquisition of SiliconSystems today. The $65 million all-cash deal sees the embedded systems specialist become Western Digital's solid-state storage business unit, and the expansion of the vendor’s business to include the network-communications, industrial, embedded-computing, medical, military and aerospace markets.
The company has plans beyond embedded products, of course. With access to SiliconSystems’ technology, which already includes SATA and IDE drives with 2.5 and 1.8-inch form factors, Western Digital says it is prepping SSDs for the netbook, client and enterprise markets. Integration into WD begins immediately, according to the official press release
, so let’s hope to see some consumer oriented drives sooner rather than later.