AMD branching out to solid state drives with Radeon-branded SSDs?

Summary:Having already ventured into system RAM with AMD Memory, the company is now rumored to be joining the crowded SSD market.

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Apparently not just satisfied with its Radeon lineup of graphics cards, AMD has already extended the brand into desktop and laptop RAM and is now looking to jump into the highly competitive solid-state-drive market, according to SemiAccurate.com.

The site claims that Radeon SSDs will be hitting store shelves soon, though it has no specifics on timing, pricing, or tech specs. It's also unclear how the drives would be manufactuered, though presumably a third-party source would be used since AMD has no current capacity to build the drives.

If true, SSDs would join the Radeon ecosystem of graphics boards, system memory and AMD processors to make it easier for consumers to assemble components that would play nicely together (in theory). Many enthusiasts enjoy mixing and matching parts for their system builds, however, so the benefits of an all-AMD roster of components may not be as clear-cut as the company envisions.

Still, the solid-state storage market will continue to expand, and rebadging another company's drives is probably a low-risk move for AMD. Then again, it's hardly a strategy that will save the chip giant from its current woes , though Intel could be handing it a big gift if it decides to stop selling user-replaceable CPUs

Would you purchase a Radeon-branded SSD? Would the AMD name have any bearing on your buying decision on a solid-state drive? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

[Via Fudzilla

Topics: Storage

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