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Seagate sees no money in flash memory

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Seagate are the hard drive guys. They make some of the best HDDs out there but they’ve never gotten into the SSD game. Why is that? Everybody’s doing it, right? Yes, says CEO Bill Watkins, but nobody’s making any money and nobody’s making anything that different from one another. Why get into a business where there’s no money or reputation to be made? He said the same thing eight months ago, and although there are many solid-state notebooks around, they’re still a micro-minority, so I’d say he was more or less in the right.

They are planning, they say, on having a limited entry into the SSD market in mid-2009, but they’re banking on other technologies as well, which may end up taking a bite out of solid-state’s market share over the next couple years. Not this stuff though, probably.

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