just brew it! wrote:
TBH I'm not sure. But IP is a somewhat vague term; it could've included actual drive designs. It seemed like they had drives on the market pretty quickly after that deal closed -- kind of quick to have designed, tested, and ramped up volume production of their own new designs.
Sure, but I don't know how many 3.5" drives Toshiba were producing before and after this deal. It might have been a huge boost to production, or a small one.
While IP covers a lot and it's a bit unclear in this specific case exactly what it was, I'm pretty sure it wasn't needed for Toshiba to produce 3.5" HDD's per se
, but it was needed for the ones they made with the kit they bought. I found a news story
which says it was:
- Manufacturing equipment and IP for desktop PC drives, DVRs and other consumer applications
- Manufacturing equipment for nearline drives for servers.
but that doesn't help much.Toshiba's own website
says it started volume production of 3.5" HDD's in 1987, having been in the HDD business since 1967, and that it shipped 100,000,000 HDDs by 2005. My guess would be that a good many of those 100 million were 3.5" ones, and that by 2012 the total was probably more like 200-250 million.
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