Look out for Seagate SSDs with PCIe, SAS interfaces

Fresh from announcing its first Serial ATA solid-state drives, Seagate is now looking to expand its footprint in the SSD market with some high-powered workstation and server solutions. EE Times reports that Seagate has partnered up with storage and networking firm LSI on the development of SSDs featuring Serial Attached SCSI and PCI Express interfaces.

The announcement seems a tad short on details, but EE Times does say LSI will "produce board-level products that integrate SAS and PCIe communications with Seagate solid-state drive (SSD) technology." Perhaps, then, these upcoming products will be derived in some way from Seagate's freshly released Pulsar SSDs, which the company also aims at enterprise customers.

EE Times goes on to write that Seagate and LSI will start sending out product samples in the second quarter. Going by the included statements from an IDC analyst, the PCIe drives should pop up in data centers.

These won't be the first PCIe SSDs, of course. Fusion-io announced such products back in October 2008, and we looked at some OCZ SSDs based on a similar design at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month.

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