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PMC-Sierra buys Adaptec channel storage biz for $34M

Posted: 13 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:channel storage? solid-state drive? enterprise storage? RAID?

PMC-Sierra Inc. entered into a definitive agreement with Adaptec Inc. to acquire its channel storage business, which includes RAID storage product line, a global value-added reseller customer base, board logistics capabilities and solid-state drive cache performance solutions. PMC-Sierra will pay approximately $34 million in cash for the acquisition and assume certain liabilities related to the business. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 30 days, subject to customary closing conditions.

The acquisition is expected to strengthen PMC-Sierra's existing enterprise storage business by accelerating access to channel customers. PMC-Sierra is committed to delivering and developing high-performance, reliable RAID solutions for our OEM and channel storage customers from SAS-1 to SAS-3. Based on industry data, PMC-Sierra estimates total channel revenues for x86 RAID products to be approximately $200 million. Adaptec is the second largest supplier of x86 RAID products through the channel.

"The acquisition of Adaptec's channel storage business allows us to accelerate our entry into a new segment of enterprise RAID storage and leverages our leading RAID chip and software development with channel customers," said Greg Lang, PMC-Sierra's president and CEO. "I am excited about this acquisition and the future growth opportunities it presents through the strong strategic fit between our core strengths in enterprise storage and the established channel storage business of Adaptec."

PMC-Sierra expects to employ approximately 90 individuals from Adaptec located in seven different geographies, with the majority of the personnel located in California.

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