The world 's largest hard drive manufacturer joins its main competitor and promises us 16 terabyte models soon Technology Which will ensure continued improvement in the field in the coming decade
After a few years in which we saw the PMR and SMR technologies dominate the mechanical drives market, it seems that this year the desired change will finally come - and the battle at the forefront of the world storage This will be between the HAMR and MAMR: a pair of similar advanced methods coming from the two largest manufacturers still in the business and designed to allow density storage And volumes we have not yet seen.
Seagate has promised us 16 terabyte drives based on Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording technology, a tiny laser used to heat points on the magnetic media prior to writing information (2018), and made a partial promise by stating that models Those from the EXOS family to the world of information centers are taking internal exams at the beginning of December - and now Western Digital Has launched its own promise to launch new 16 terabyte drives based on Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR) technology, in which a micrometeorological component is responsible for the heating required to write information with precision and density that was previously impossible during 2019.
Western Digital has publicly stated that it continues to invest resources Development In the HAMR technology, which was chosen by its central rival as the axis for the future of the market, even today, it seems that even professionals can not estimate the relative advantages and disadvantages of the two methods in mass production and commercialization. 18 terabyte during the coming year. This sounds especially promising, although we will be satisfied with the 16 terabytes that will be publicly available before we move on to the next obvious step.
For 2020, both companies that hold 90 together in the mechanical storage market seem to agree that 20 terabytes are the primary goal, still based on HAMR or MAMR - and combined with the use of a number of data reading heads to significantly improve sequential and random performance, Which we have already seen in practice on MACH.2 Seagate Over the past year.
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