Steve Wozniak to become chief scientist for SSD maker

Since his auspicious beginnings as Apple's co-founder, Steve Wozniak has spent his time watching the industry from the sidelines and taking part in smaller projects. In his latest venture, Wozniak will become chief scientist for a solid-state storage firm, according to the New York Times.

Fusion-io has apparently not made the news official yet, and the Times doesn't say exactly what part Wozniak will be playing. However, the paper points to his days at Apple, where he "demonstrated a knack for elegant computer designs that made efficient use of components and combined many features into a cohesive package." He will reportedly do similar work with "larger server computers and storage systems" at Fusion-io.

We heard about the storage firm back in October of last year, when it discussed plans for a super-fast solid-state drive aimed at enthusiasts. This ioXtreme drive was meant to have 80GB of storage capacity, 500-700MB/s throughput, and a PCI Express interface. Fusion-io already produces similar products with PCIe x4 interfaces and 80-320GB capacities for servers, and according to the New York Times, it already has over 300 customers (including an Air Force base in Utah).

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