This week, we have news regarding Intel and SiFive’s budding partnership, as SiFive and Intel jointly announced a new RISC-V IP. The announced IP and development partnership will also extend to Intel’s IFS business as well, as Intel continues to curate offerings for its catalogue, in addition to its x86 offerings.
Also in Intel news is another significant restructuring of the company, as Intel is creating new business units to better address the markets it's competing in, as well as adding new leaders for these business units. Elsewhere, there’s news on the Arm-Nvidia deal, AMD ending driver support for some products, the major Windows 11 announcement, and more.
Western Digital (WD) yesterday announced that they will acquire SanDisk, the third-largest manufacturer of flash memory in the world. WD is a major hard drive manufacturer with a lesser-known presence in SSDs. The company previously acquired Hitachi GST (HGST) and absorbed its hard drive division. WD is next significantly expanding its SSD presence by acquiring SanDisk for approximately $19 billion.
WD’s goal in this is to widen their market potential by getting into not only consumer SSDs, but other flash-based products. This acquisition will grant WD access to lower-cost SSD technology. WD said the deal will “double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments.”
“I'm not dead yet!” may be an appropriately pulled quote in the instance of mechanical hard drives. Despite the SSD revolution (SSDs explained here), there's still a place in the world for magnetic storage – and it will likely remain that way for a long, long time; after all, we're still using tape drives in some industry sectors.
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