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Pliant Technology, a Milpitas, Calif. maker of solid state drives for the enterprise computing market, wants to make them a mainstream storage solution.

The company is aiming for a first product release in the fourth quarter of this year, and should offer increased performance over standard hard drives, according to its own literature. It also claims cost savings and reduced power consumption for customers using its enterprise flash drives (EFDs).

Lightspeed Venture Partners led the $8 million round, Pliant’s first funding.

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