You know you’ve hit the big time when you get sued by Seagate. That’s what happened to solid-state disk (SSD) specialist STEC last April when Seagate filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company.
Today, that lawsuit was dropped. In legalese, it was a “mutual dismissal,” whatever that implies. No cash exchanged hands, and neither company licensed its technology to the other.
Not that many people thought that Seagate would prevail in this lawsuit (which had something to do with misappropriation of intellectual property relating to hard disk technology), but it does give the green light to STEC. This relatively small company from my neck of the woods (southern California) seems to have a lot of momentum (at least to the degree that enterprise-class SSDs have a lot momentum), having inked OEM deals with the likes of EMC, Sun and, most recently, Hitachi Data Systems (and more to come in the very near future) for its ZeusIOPS SSDs.
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