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SiliconStor Signs On for SATA

With little fanfare or funding, Milpitas, Calif.-based SiliconStor has earned a small place at the increasingly crowded SATA table (see Survey: SATA, IP SANs Hot Priorities and IDC: Storage Looking Chipper). The startup's counting on its technology to gain more widespread acceptance.

SiliconStor was founded in October 2002 but has issued hardly a peep until this week, when the company announced an "active-active" multiplexer chip and an OEM deal with Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL).

We’ve been quiet since late 2002,” says CEO Mike Ofstedahl. “But we’ve been helped out by the invasion of SATA in the enterprise.”

Ofstedahl isn’t making that much noise yet. He won’t disclose the size of the company or where its funding has come from. He will say SiliconStor is working on raising venture capital and hopes to close a funding round by the first quarter of 2005. By then, Ofstedahl also expects to ship a second-generation chip that supports SAS and SATA.

Besides Ofstedahl, SiliconStor's executive roster includes board chairman Petro Estakhir, founder and CTO of Lexar Media, who worked on ATA systems at Cirrus Logic Inc. (Nasdaq: CRUS) and was among the founders of SiliconStor.

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