Founded in 2002 in San Jose, California, OCZ Technology Group Inc was established by company president and CEO Ryan Petersen. OCZ designs and develops products that include but are not limited to: USB flash drives, SSDs, cooling products, memory modules and USB peripherals. Petersen, who started the company at approximately age 27, helped to invent much of the technology used by the company. OCZ focuses on high performance, low power consumption products that especially appeal to customers interested in overclocking.
The company has also been responsible for pioneering some important technological developments. In March 2008, OCZ debuted the first SSD series. That same year, it introduced MLC technology for consumer SSDs. In May of 2010, OCZ unveiled what it calls the industry’s first USB 3.0 SSD, the Enyo. The company’s SSD products can use multiple interfaces and are implemented in servers, equipment and computers.
By partnering with PC Power and Cooling, OCS helped introduce a number of firsts to the field including: first CPU cooler, one kilowatt power supply, heat alarm and redundant power system.
OCZ flash drives are characterized by their high reliability and transfer rates as well as their rugged housing. OCZ makes some flash drives that are weather-proof to combat any potential adverse conditions while in transport.
The company not only serves retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg, but also OEMs, distributors and system integrators.
OCZ has two subsidiaries based in Ireland and Canada. As of February 2010, the company’s total revenues hovered around $400 million.
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