SanDisk - Enterprise SSD Device

Revolutionary enterprise server SSD device sold to SanDisk for $327M

An Inside Glimpse Into the Product Development of SanDisk's Enterprise SSD

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SLA Rapid Prototype Parts for assembly, parts fit and DFM

Product Design Requirements

Pliant Technology came to Design 1st with innovative SSD technology and required a unique enclosure that would alleviate thermal issues, distinguish the brand, and be cost-effective for volume manufacturing.

Engineering Challenges

Pliant Technologies’ innovative approach to SSD packed a lot of power into a small enclosure, to ensure the product would not fail required several rounds of prototyping and virtual simulations to understand heat issues.
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CNC Machined Prototype of External Housing for thermal tests
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First Volume Production 2.5 inch SSD drive

Product Results

The success of Pliant Technologies’ SSD was recognized by SanDisk, and the entire company and product line were acquired for $327M.

Solved a tough technical challenge and brought us to successful volume manufacturing in nine months

“We highly valued Design 1st as our product development partner. Their design and engineering expertise was exactly what we needed to be successful.”
Mike Chenery

CEO, Pliant Technologies Inc
Senior Partner, SanDisk

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