Seagate drops SSD patent lawsuit against STEC

STEC says it's free to expand its SSD market penetration

Gregory Wong, an analyst with Forward Insights, however, believes just the opposite.

"I don't think it slowed STEC's momentum. STEC has had quite a few [reseller] wins: EMC, Sun, Hitachi, and I believe about a week or two ago, IBM," he said.

Wong said the lawsuit was filed by Seagate as an attempt to slow STEC's production of SSDs because the company is the main supplier of high-end single-level cell NAND flash SSDs into the enterprise market, but the lawsuit was too far off base to be effective.

"If you really look at what Seagate was alleging in terms of the patents infringements they were asserting, it has nothing to do with SSD. There was one infringement that was packaging related, a couple of others related to hard disk drives and one even mentioned platters, and SSDs don't have platters," he said.

While Seagate has stated it will produce an SSD product, it has yet to go to market with one. Seagate CEO Bill Watkins said the company will produce one sometime this year.

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