OCZ’s shopping spree continues. After nabbing Indilinx earlier this year, the SSD maker has now acquired the “UK Design Team and certain assets” from PLX Technology. Those assets include a perpetual license to use at least some of PLX’s intellectual property.
So, who is PLX? You might recognize the company’s name from the PCI Express switch and bridge chips that can be found on some motherboards and expansion cards. OCZ already offers numerous PCIe-based SSDs, and that interface looks like the future for high-performance, solid-state storage. In that context, the PLX design-team acquisition makes a lot of sense.
According to the press release, this particular team is made up of about 40 engineers working out of Abingdon, United Kingdom. The team has been designing SoCs, software, and firmware for nearly two decades, so it’s been around.
PLX’s own take on the deal provides a little more information, including the fact that it will retain manufacturing and supply rights to anything the team produces. The UK design team was tasked with producing products for consumer applications, and without the team, PLX will narrow its focus on developing solutions for data centers. We still don’t know how much OCZ is going to pay for the design team, but those details may be released when the deal is finalized later this month.