Toshiba offers to buy failed SSD maker OCZ

The supplier of enterprise SSDs is about to file for bankruptcy

Toshiba has offered to buy the assets of OCZ Technology, a solid-state drive manufacturer on the verge of bankruptcy.

The deal would see Toshiba acquire most of the San Jose, California-based company as part of a deal with the local bankruptcy court. Toshiba will only acquire OCZ if it can maintain the value of its business and keep its employees.

OCZ has had problems acquiring flash memory chips for its drives and that has been affecting business.

Revenue in its most recent quarter was $33.5 million, down from $88.6 million in the same period a year earlier. But despite the sharply lower revenue, its losses fell from $26.1 million from $33.2 million a year earlier.

An acquisition by Toshiba would help solve OCZ's flash chip problem as Toshiba is one of the world's largest manufacturers of flash memory chips.

"The parties have substantially completed negotiations on an asset purchase agreement and OCZ believes all the material terms have been agreed to," OCZ said in a statement.

OCZ said it will file a bankruptcy petition "shortly."

It also said Hercules Technology Growth Capital has taken control of its bank accounts. OCZ has a loan agreement with Hercules but is not in compliance with parts of the agreement.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

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