|Traded as||NASDAQ: OCZ|
|Fate||Chapter 11 bankruptcy|
|Headquarters||San Jose, California, United States|
|Key people||Ralph Schmitt (CEO)|
|Products||Solid-state drives, Power supply units|
|Employees||550 (April 24, 2013)|
OCZ Technology Group was a manufacturer of computer hardware based in San Jose, California, USA. Since entering the memory market in 2002, OCZ targeted its products primarily at the computer hardware enthusiast market, first producing performance DDR RAM, video cards, USB drives, and various cooling products. OCZ produced solid state drives (SSDs) and power supplies.
The company produced SSD devices utilising a range of interfaces, including SATA III, PCI Express, Serial attached SCSI and USB 3.0, for both client and enterprise applications. The company announced the RevoDrive, which is a bootable PCI-E drive for the enthusiast market. It also recently announced an SSD interface called HSDL, which is a PCIe/SAS hybrid interface, along with corresponding products to implement it. As of 2012, OCZ's SSDs offer up to a 1 TB capacity.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, California-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. designs and manufactures of solid state drives (SSDs) and power supply units for the consumer and enterprise markets.
OCZ maintained satellite offices in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Israel along with manufacturing and logistics facilities in Taiwan. In June 2006, OCZ went public on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (LSE AIM), with the ticker symbol "OCZ". However, in early March 2009, OCZ announced their intent to delist from the LSE, to pursue a listing on an American stock exchange. On April 24, 2010, OCZ announced a listing on NASDAQ, with the ticker symbol "OCZ".
On May 25, 2007, OCZ acquired PC Power & Cooling, whose products include power supplies. PC Power & Cooling is in Carlsbad, California. It operates as a separate satellite office for OCZ and maintains its own product lines.
In November 2010, OCZ acquired intellectual property from Solid Data Inc., for Fibre Channel, SAS, and controller assets for solid state drives. The cost was approximately $950,000, paid with restricted common stock and cash.
On January 11, 2011, OCZ announced that they would discontinue RAM production, citing poor market performance and the weakening global DRAM market. OCZ discontinued their remaining lines of DRAM models at the end of their 2010 fiscal year on February 28, 2011.
On January 9, 2012 OCZ announced its acquisition of SANRAD Inc., a privately held provider of flash caching and virtualization software and hardware from the RAD Group. SANRAD became the OCZ Israel office. Later in 2012, reports indicated that a possible acquisition of OCZ by Seagate Technology fell through. On September 17, 2012, founder and CEO Ryan Petersen resigned, and chief marketing officer, Alex Mei, was appointed as interim CEO. Media outlets speculate that Ryan was ousted by the board of directors.  On October 10, 2012, OCZ appointed board member Ralph Schmitt as the company’s president and CEO. Schmitt joined OCZ from PLX, where he served as president and CEO since 2008.
Several shareholder lawsuits revolved around questionable accounting practices during 2012. In May 2013 the NASDAQ gave OCZ until September 16, 2013 to file its delayed earnings. The company was several quarters late in filing and restated earnings all the way back to 2008. On September 12, 2013, the company disclosed it would not meet the deadline, which was then extended to October 7.
2013 saw OCZ's revenue fall steeply from $88.6 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2012 to $33.5 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2013, while financial losses increased. OCZ took a $30 million loan at a steep 15% interest rate from Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Because OCZ put in their own firm as collateral for the loan, Hercules Technology Growth Capital would gain ownership of OCZ if OCZ failed to repay the loan. After failing to meet the terms of the loan, it was extended to June 2014, with the share price dropping 40% on November 4, 2013.
On November 25, 2013, Hercules took control of the company's accounts. On November 27, 2013, OCZ Technology stock was halted. OCZ then stated they expected to file a petition for bankruptcy and that Toshiba Corporation expressed interest in purchasing its assets, in a bankruptcy proceeding. On December 2, 2013, OCZ announced Toshiba agreed to purchase nearly all of OCZ's assets for $35 million.
- Press release
- Press release: OCZ Technology Acquires Intellectual Property From Solid Data Inc. for Fibre-Channel, SAS, and Solid-State Drive Controller Assets, Nov. 15, 2010
- Hilbert Hagedoorn, OCZ to halt DRAM production completely, January 12, 2011
- "Addition of High Performance Controller Technology and Firmware is Expected to Accelerate Storage Technology Innovation and Expand Product Portfolio". Press release. March 14, 2011. Archived from the original on March 16, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- Press release: OCZ Technology Acquires UK Design Team from PLX Technology, October 5, 2011
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- Eric Savitz (September 27, 2012). "No, Seagate Is Not Going To Buy OCZ Technology Group". Forbes CIO Network blog. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- Chris Mellor (September 27, 2012). "'Seagate's OCZ gobble was real, but went sour in CEO row': Insiders claim former top dog Petersen wanted more control". The Register. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- Press release: 
- "Breaking: Ryan Petersen Ousted as CEO of OCZ Technology". December 3 2013.
- "OCZ Technology Appoints Ralph Schmitt as President and CEO". Press release. October 10, 2012. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- Bill Kyros. "OCZ Technology Group Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit". Lawyer web site. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934". Form 8-K (US Securities and Exchange Commission). May 28, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "OCZ Technology Receives Extension From NASDAQ". Press release. September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- Andy Patrizio (October 17, 2013). "Is OCZ on its last legs?". IT World. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- Jan Willem Aldershoff (November 5, 2013). "OCZ stock crashes to new low – will they survive?". Myce News. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- Kristian Vättö (November 27, 2013). "OCZ Files for Bankruptcy - Toshiba Offers to Buy the Assets". Anand Tech. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- "OCZ Filing for Bankruptcy, Announces Offer From Toshiba to Purchase Assets". Press release. November 27, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- "OCZ Reaches Agreement With Toshiba Corporation to Acquire Solid State Drive Business" (Press release). San Jose, California: OCZ Technology. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
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