Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol
I just can't think why a large memory maker like some of them are could not work out a controller for their own SSD? I reckon they would have enough bright sparks around to do that
I'm sure they could.
But they don't.
That tells me there are economic reasons not to---less net profit per SSD sold.
Otherwise they would, all else being equal.
The skill set of current Crucial employees (just as an example) may not be highly correlated to the skill set needed to make controllers. They might need to make a bunch of new hires to do controllers--thus cutting profit margin.
If the fee charged by the controller makers were to double overnight, you might see a different outcome.
Likewise, if third-party controllers were seriously dodgy or significantly increased Crucial's support/warranty expenses, you might see a different outcome.
I doubt if there is anything mysterious about it. Sub-contracting has become the way of the world as skills have become so specialized.