OCZ's admission that it will continue to use SSD controllers manufactured by the company's competition is somewhat puzzling, considering that the company currently produces its own Barefoot 3 controller and last year purchased Indilinx, a fabless provider of flash controllers and SSD software.
CEO Ralph Schmitt attributes this situation to his belief that the company can't "ever fully cover the size of company what we are and the ability of our R&D spent. So, we will always have one controller in development at a time. The next controller we come out with, which will be later this year, will really be more enterprise focused than the controller, Barefoot 3, which came out three months ago.”
OCZ clearly holds a preference for its own SSD controllers, and for fairly obvious reasons such as not needing to wait for other companies to release compatible memory and it is always easier to develop firmware for your own product.
Sadly, there was no word from OCZ on whether it has plans to develop more in-house SSD controllers to cater to a greater market.