LSI Logic to Acquire SiliconStor for $55M

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-02-16 Print this article Print

The SATA and SAS products maker is the third acquisition for LSI Logic in the last five months.

Data storage systems maker LSI Logic revealed Feb. 16 that it will acquire SiliconStor, a privately held company that provides silicon products for enterprise storage networks, for about $55 million in cash. SiliconStor, headquartered in Fremont, Calif., has approximately 30 employees. SiliconStor provides storage technology focused on the SATA (serial ATA) and SAS (serial attached SCSI) markets and is shipping patent-pending products that improve the performance and reliability of SATA drives when used in a SAS environment, an LSI Logic spokesperson said. LSI Logic, which has a wide-ranging IT product and service line, has been on a sort of buying spree lately. On Dec. 4, the company said it would buy Agere Systems for about $4 billion in stock, extending in a big way its reach into the mobile phone chip market.
On Oct. 25, the company announced the purchase of Israeli firm StoreAge Networking Technologies in a cash deal worth about $50 million.
The addition of SiliconStor fits into LSI Logics overall strategy to offer server and storage system customers complete storage packages, including IC (integrated circuit) controllers, ROC (RAID-on-Chip), expanders, RAID software and HBAs (host bus adapters) for the fast-growing SAS infrastructure. Click here to read more about LSI Logics storage systems for SMBs. With the addition of SiliconStor, LSI Logic, based in neighboring Milpitas, Calif., will be positioned as one of the few storage building-block suppliers to offer a solution for all nodes in the storage systems architecture, the spokesperson said. "As the demand for low-cost, high-capacity storage solutions with reliable connectivity continues to grow, we are seeing a significant increase in the use of SAS and SATA disk drives in enterprise applications," said Bill Wuertz, senior vice president, Storage Components Group, LSI Logic. "The SiliconStor acquisition, in combination with our industry leading line-up of SAS controllers, will enable LSI to offer a complete portfolio of interoperable SAS, SATA, and software building blocks." The transaction is expected to close by the end of March, the spokesperson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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