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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    • Nitrodist
    • 14 years ago

    IO-fusion drives are already out. Expensive, but they’re out if you really want one.

    • moose17145
    • 14 years ago

    Currently AVAILABLE…. Three. Two PCI-e 16x’s and a PCI-e 4x. Videocard is busy occupying the primary PCI-e 16x slot. So it appears as if i am ready to go when this gets released!

    • crose
    • 14 years ago

    What? Who has he been banging and why haven’t *[

    • 5150
    • 14 years ago

    Considering who the Waz has been banging, I wouldn’t trust his judgement enough to take care of my sea monkeys.

    • Fragnificent
    • 14 years ago

    hehe. I currently have two SWIM chips sitting on my desk. Actually one is an IWM from a Mac II, and the other is a SWIM from I don’t even know where.

    • Farting Bob
    • 14 years ago

    I dont think they’ve actually released the fusion-io yet, at least not to the public.

    Personally, i cant help but feel that woz will mostly be used to wheel out at press conferences and get publicity. He’s been out of the loop (industry wise at least) for a while, and whilst he’s not doubt still very good at what he does, theres probably better out there.

    • domih
    • 14 years ago

    In other words: how many PCIe x4 (or greater) do you have available on your mobo?

    • shank15217
    • 14 years ago

    Systems theory is usually far ahead of whats available today. His expertise is probably very relevant today. Good designers keep up to date with modern technologies, I very much doubt he would have lost any edge.

    • TheShadowself
    • 14 years ago

    While Apple used Woz’s SWIM (Super Wozniak Integrate Machine — I kid you not) chip in most Macs until the iMac era because it was a very efficient design, I doubt the design rules of that era (early to mid 80s) have much relevance today.

    While Apple fans revere Woz, unless he’s been doing some brushing up over the past couple years I have to wonder just how relevant his technical expertise is these days.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 14 years ago

    Wakka wakka!

    • Chillectric
    • 14 years ago

    Has TR benchmarked the Fusion-io drive? It supposedly has better sequential/random reads/writes than the ANS-9010, Gigabyte i-RAM, and X25-E

    • TheEmrys
    • 14 years ago

    Didn’t they move “Area-51” there? Steve Wozniak is an alien.

    • ColdMist
    • 14 years ago

    Air Force Base in Utah = Hill AFB (The only one in Utah)

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