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Hitachi develops new hard drive head technology that will increase storage capacity to 4TB by 2011

Hitachi recently announced that it has achieved a breakthrough in hard drive read-head design.

This breakthrough has produced read-heads in the 30-50 nanometer range, approximately 2,000 times smaller than the width of an average human hair. This new technology is called current perpendicular-to-the-plane giant magnetoresistive heads.

Giant magnetoresistance principles won scientists Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg the 2007 Nobel Prize for Physics.

These new heads will allow Hitachi to expand storage capacity in standard 3.5-inch desktop hard drives to 4TB and extend 2.5-inch laptop hard drives to 1TB of capacity. Hitachi says that it plans to integrate these new heads into hard drives starting in 2009 and that the technology will reach maturity in 2011.

The first products to reach market in 2009 will use recording heads of 50nm and products with recording heads of 30nm will hit market in 2011. Hitachi representatives believe the new heads will allow for storage densities of up to 500GB per square inch. The current highest capacity drives from Hitachi can only pack in 200GB per square inch.

Another benefit of the significantly smaller heads is that the hard drives will product less noise. Test products using 50nm heads produced 40dB of sound while the 30nm heads produced 30dB. Large capacity hard drives that produce less noise will be a welcome addition to digital video recorders.

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By cambit69 on 10/16/2007 7:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
With each Blu-Ray or HD-DVD movie taking up to 25-30GB of space on my HDD per movie. 4TB in 3 years sounds about right at the consumption pace we're moving now.

RE: Hi Definition Content
By inperfectdarkness on 10/17/2007 9:32:19 AM , Rating: 2
by 2011, sdd will most likely cost around $100 for 500gb. the speed will remain unparalelled by anything else out there. i'll stick to holding out for sdd. till then, raid is the way to go.

the REAL question is will lcd monitors keep up with resolution demands. sure, you can play 1080p on your hdtv, but the vast majority of computer monitors can't go above 1280x960ish.

not to mention usb 3.0 is almost here. we are very, very close to a time when an external sdd w/ usb 3.0 spec will be able to run movies AND games in ultra-high resolution. when that happens, INTERNAL hd size will become almost irrevelant. your usb hub will have more TB of storage at your disposal than anything you could cram inside your pc case; and with roughly equivelant performance.

RE: Hi Definition Content
By Etsp on 10/17/2007 10:28:40 AM , Rating: 2
What is eSata then? Chop Suey?

RE: Hi Definition Content
By OrSin on 10/17/2007 2:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
What monitor you using? Even native resolution on 20' and up are higher then that. And with 24' monitors selling the sub $400 range, theer is no reason not to get a good monitor. I have 2 20' monitors and both cost me about $150. I think you are talking about LCD TV, but most TV are 32' and up you really don't need better resolution unless you want to sit within 3 feet. Most large screen TV are viewed from 7-12 feet away and at that distance you can't see anything better 1080P (some people say you can even see better then 720P unless the screen size is over 60')

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