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Seagate buying LSI/Avago's flash products unit for $450M

Seagate (STX) is expanding its flash storage lineup - generally seen as a weakness as flash encroaches on hard drives - in a big way by acquiring LSI's PCIe server flash storage module/flash controller chip unit from new LSI parent Avago (AVGO) for $450M in cash.

Seagate, which already offers SSDs, notes the LSI unit is the #2 player in the PCIe flash market - Fusion-io (FIO +1%) is the largest - and that its offerings in the space are optimized for cloud/hyperscale deployments - Fusion-io also has a keen interest in this area. The unit's SandForce controllers have a number of SSD design wins.

Seagate expects its enterprise SSD and controller ops to produce at least $150M in revenue in FY15 (ends June '15), albeit with an op. margin headwind of $30M-$40M. Better profitability is expected in FY16.

The deal follows a string of flash storage acquisitions from archrival Western Digital: PCIe flash vendor Virident, SSD vendor sTec, and SSD caching software startup Velobit.

It appears to remove one more potential suitor for Fusion-io, long the subject of M&A speculation.

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  • Michael Bryant
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    Comments (5945) | Send Message
    (STX) and (WDC) are coming back from the dead. Everybody new hard drives will eventually die.
    29 May 2014, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • Stock Market Mike
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    3 Jun 2014, 02:39 PM Reply Like
  • Nettligent
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    Seagate and Western Digital are going to miss their Earnings for the rest of 2014.
    30 May 2014, 05:26 PM Reply Like
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