updating: The Anandtech website provides more information about the MG08, according to which it is, after all, a fairly innovative drive - with nine magnetic plates with a thickness of only 0.635 millimeters compared to 0.8 millimeters in the past and dual reading heads with TDMR technology that allow storage Information is denser than standard single-head PMR drives. It is very interesting to see where this axis will develop in the hard market.
The original article: Just as the pair of the biggest competitors in the market are struggling with the commercial application of next-generation technologies - emerges Toshiba And steals the show with record volume for the old and familiar storage method
We were convinced that the time of the PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) drives at the top of the field of mechanical drives had officially ended with the 14TB models, and would be required to give way to the new and challenging HAMR and MAMR technologies - and then suddenly arrived. Toshiba Demonstrating that nothing is over yet with the MG08, the new high with volume storage Of not less than 16 terabytes.
The new hard drive is based on 9 magnetic plates inside a sealed helium cell, in a standard 3.5 format of course, and in the density of information we have not seen in the market, with the previous record being a 15 terabyte drive from Western Digital Based on SMR writing that requires external software management for optimal performance - so the benefit from Toshiba Should be both total volume and performance.
The new hard drive is characterized by a rotational speed of 7,200 rpm, memory 512MB dynamic cache, average time of 2.5 million hours between critical malfunctions, noise level of 20 decibels above room noise at maximum operation and 24 operation per hour 7 days a week, with total write volume of 550TB per year for a five year warranty period .
The MG08 will be offered both in a SAS configuration located in information centers only and in a SATA connection that will also be suitable for personal computers, starting at the end of January - thus being ahead of the planned 16 terabyte products of Western Digital and-Seagate Based on MAMR and HAMR respectively, which are only currently in the internal exams phase. The official price has not yet been revealed, but it is reasonable to assume that it will not be low at all, at least at the beginning of the road.
Perhaps in the long run Toshiba You will find yourself behind due to little or late investment in the magnetic storage technologies of the new age - but for now it seems that the modest actress with a market share of less than 10 percent has managed to surprise and ahead of its two huge competitors who together hold 90 percent of the field, and that is Cinderella Real for us.