OCZ acquires design team from PLX

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.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 8 years ago

    OCZ’s moves continue to make me confused as to whether they are a designer or a vendor –or maybe I’m just confused about what tier they operate at.

    I think that Indilinx and PLX are interesting companies with some good designs, and this acquisition is smart. However, then I look at OCZ’s production moves (e.g., buying PC Power and Cooling, but diluting the brand in the process, having a lot of inconsistency in their SSD line, especially Sandforce models) and I don’t get it. I guess I’m just not sure what direction they’re headed in –am I making sense?

    Part of me thinks that OCZ should use Indilinx to develop new controller chips, and then they own the whole product. Or perhaps they should buy Sandforce (if they can afford them) which would at least bring a significant vendor of theirs in-house. I just sometimes get the impression that OCZ doesn’t fully know what it wants to be yet.

    • phileasfogg
    • 8 years ago

    I think this UK team is the company that used to be called Oxford Semiconductor. PLX acquired them a few years ago, and their products are listed on PLX’s site. But I reckon they haven’t contributed as much to PLX’s top and bottom lines as had been expected, so, of course, PLX had to jettison that group because it would help boost the EPS numbers. Both companies end up with a win-win. Oxford’s team also has some USB3 certified chips but it’s not clear how many design wins those have racked up. And there haven’t been too many NAS box design wins AFAIK. So, time to cut the cord.

    • gbcrush
    • 8 years ago

    “Hmmm, how can we make PCI express bridge chips KILL ALL YOUR DATA?”

      • 5150
      • 8 years ago

      It’s your fault for being on the cutting edge. /sarcasm

        • gbcrush
        • 8 years ago

        I’m not bitter (haven’t bought an OCZ product yet), just irreverent.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 8 years ago

      Hire Intel’s SSD firmware development team?

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        Or Intel’s SandyBridge chipset team..?

          • BiffStroganoffsky
          • 8 years ago

          Referring to ‘KILL ALL YOUR DATA’, there are confirmed cases of people losing an entire drive’s collection of data. Can SB make the same claim?

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