Over the course of past couple of years, Seagate tried to enter the booming Solid State market, but the company did not made an impact it expected. In order to address the issue, Seagate invested in DensBits.
One of world leaders in conventional storage enjoyed quite a lot of success with the conventional drives and is the market leader in the field of hybrid drives, which are expected to be "the perfect marriage" between the need for ultra-fast storage and capacity one. With NAND Flash having its limitations which are not going away, and conventional hard disk drives moving onto laser-guided, heated recording which promises radical capacity increase – storage companies have to invest in new technologies.
Seagate was the first player in the market with a SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) SSD drive called Pulsar.2, but the drive featured a hot controller (literally), and we’ve experienced working temperatures in excess of 80C. The drive was pulled from the review pool and we never received another unit.
Then, out of the blue, we received a press release stating that Seagate decided to join the ranks of Western Digital (who also bought in its Solid State strategy by acquiring Siliconsystems Inc.), by investing in an Israeli company DensBits Technologies Ltd. Financial terms of investment are unknown, but it is announced that DensBits will develop "low-cost, high-performance Solid State Drives ("SSD") for the consumer and enterprise markets."
DensBits is credited with the invention of Memory Modem controller, which allegedly does not suffer from the same issues LSI SandForce controllers had on numerous consumer and enterprise drives. Memory Modem Controller supports TLC (3 bits per NAND Cell) and MLC (2 bits per NAND Cell) NAND Flash memory manufactured in sub-20nm (so called 1Xnm) process nodes. The only problem for going "cheap" in the enterprise arena is the arrival of "Broken English" company called SupersSpeed, which delivered a SLC-based NAND Flash drive with incredibly high performance for just 2x the price of normal SSDs (at least according to a review on TweakTown).
Thus, we do not expect to see products from this collaboration before 2013, even though we might be surprised.