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Pliant Plots New Breed of SSD

Maxtor and Quantum co-founder Jim McCoy has re-surfaced with a secretive stealth-mode startup claiming a fresh take on solid state disk (SSD) technology.

Pliant Technology, which clinched $8 million in Series A funding this week in a round led by Lightspeed Venture partners, is the latest vendor to throw its weight behind SSDs.

"Enterprise disk drives are not meeting the [performance] needs of the users, and the right enterprise flash drive can," says McCoy, alluding to the rapid data access times offered by SSDs, which use either RAM or flash memory instead of traditional magnetic or optical media.

Actual details of Pliant's core technology are still being kept under wraps, but the vendor claims to be developing a new kind of flash-based SSD.

"I can say that it will be significantly higher performance than any other flash-based SSD that is out there," says Pliant's CEO and former Seagate vice president Amyl Ahola. "It's going to be closer in performance to a Dynamic-Random Access Memory [DRAM] SSD."

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