What I'm curious about is why Intel switched to Sandforce after developing their own SSD controller? It seems as though Intel must have taken a look at the cost of developing their own controller with more up-to-date performance than what they currently had on the shelf versus the cost of licensing the Sandforce controller. I'm sure they went through some brief testing of the SF controller to see how good or bad it was and decided it was good for the money. Once they signed on I would assume it went through the normal Intel validation test, which like Intel or not, is a pretty rigorous process as they do have a good record for reliability and stability. This brings to my mind at least two interesting points. First, Intel has deep pockets and some of the best engineering and development in the business. Designing and producing a good SSD controller must be a pretty enormous project. And second, I don't think it is unreasonable that Intel was able to make some small proprietary changes to the SF controller either through firmware, source via SF, or some other as yet unknown means. We see many vendors using the "same" SF controller with varied performance and reliability records.