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Fujitsu announces technology for future hard drive capacity expansion

Fujitsu of America announced another advancement in its research of magnetic recording. Using patterned media technology, Fujitsu was able to achieve a one-dimensional array nanohole pattern with a 25 nanometer pitch. This process could one day enable one terabit per square inch recording on HDDs. Fujitsu also revealed a new development involving perpendicular magnetic recording read/write operation on random patterned media. With this technology, the soft underlayer is used as the PMR media, another important milestone.

A density of one terabit per square inch is about five times greater than the current drive technology on the market. Applying a one terabit areal density figure to today’s drive sizes would give us 3.5” drives capable of storing 5TB or 2.5” notebook drives holding 1.5TB.

Fujitsu first announced innovations with patterned media recording in June 2005. At that time, advancements were made with the introduction of a process to pre-pit aluminum media, resulting in nanoholes with an extremely dense and ordered structure. In addition, a technique called land/groove texturing allowed for the creation of discrete tracks in which the nanoholes could be formed. This progress in patterned media has enabled the development of high capacity hard disk drives, especially in smaller form factors.

This progress in patterned media recording closely follows the November 2006 Fujitsu announcement regarding the optical element being developed for thermal assisted recording, another promising advancement for future capacity increases.

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RE: So what
By semo on 1/24/2007 12:40:33 PM , Rating: 3
also, your first quote takes my comment out of context. of course areal density increases improve hdds' performance but what i meant was that those increases are small compared to performance increases in other components.

example of what i'm trying to say... let's go back in time a few years and look at a athlon64 or pentium 4 when better performance was achieved almost exclusively from higher clocks.

so, we take a cpu and run a cpu intensive benchmark. we also run a hdd intensive benchmark on the hdd.

now replace the hdd with one that has twice the areal density and a cpu with double the clock rate and repeat the respective benchmark tests.

i'm just trying to illustrate my point with this crude example and nothing more.

RE: So what
By masher2 on 1/24/2007 12:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
> "your first quote takes my comment out of context."

I'ts pretty hard to take the statement that "white goods see more innovation than hard drives".

"what i meant was that those increases are small compared to performance increases in other components...."

Nothing on the planet increases in performance as fast as cpu chips. Compared to them, everything else is a "small advance". The fact remains that hard drive performance increases dramatically year after year, and innovation proceeds at a blinding pace.

> " I wouldn't call [hdds] faster..."

Now this is just plain silly. Go dig up an old 40MB 3600rpm drive and see just how slow it really is.

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