The Japanese company adopts the new SDK technology and can create hard drives Unprecedented volume - in the preferred PMR configuration
The mechanical drive market is often regarded as the dinosaur of the technological world, which has stopped its development and progress for a long time now, and is now only waiting slowly for the day it will completely die away,SSD The faster, more economical and smaller - but in reality even this old market does not stop perfecting and evolving all the time, and is now facing a crossroads that will be very significant in determining its importance and relevance in the coming years.
The competition that remains in the hard world is between only three manufacturers, as is well known - when Seagate announced a few years ago its development plan for HAMR (Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology that should allow it to supply us with larger and larger volumes, while Western Digital has revealed A few months ago her personal alternative In the form of the MAMR (R.T. Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording). However, while these two main competitors are competing for the next generation crown in the market, the first that may give us 14 terabyte drives is actually Toshiba The modest - and the flowers for the old Japanese SDK company.
The use of the new generation of MAGNET MAGNETS, which will reach the mass production stage from the beginning of 2018 (at a time when we do not yet know exactly when similar production appears in Seagate And WD, which are based on Development Self in the field), will allow Toshiba to offer an unprecedented volume of 1.8 terabytes per recording layer on 3.5-inch drives and the old and well-known PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) technology, and not on the less recommended SMR. This means drives with eight Magnetic plates inside, packed in an airtight helium cell, can reach a total volume of 14 terabytes, which we have not yet encountered in PMR technology - while at the same time drives with seven plates inside and without (apparently) helium can reach an impressive volume of no less than 12 terabytes , All without compromising on their relative performance.
There is no doubt that these hard drives, when officially launched, will be very expensive and will have a hard time competing with the cost-effectiveness of modern and mass 4 or 6 terabyte drives - but it is ultimately another important technological leap forward that will help maintain the mechanical models' status in specific niches. In which they shine, especially at a time when prices ofNAND Was completely frozen and a sort of status quo was created in the clear price differences between the technologies.