updated 11:10 am EST, Thu November 25, 2010
Hitachi develops 3.9Tbit per inch hard drive tech
Hitachi and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development (NEDO) have revealed a new technology that could lead to hard drives with eight times more storage than with existing hardware. A new patterning approach lets polymer materials used for the magnetic storage arrange themselves much more efficiently than in current approaches. The technique produces about 3.9 terabits per inch (488GB) even when applied to otherwise normal drives.
Existing hard drives, including those from Hitachi, top out at 3TB. Applying the self-patterning technique could increase the storage of such a drive to 24TB. Notebook-sized drives currently peak at 1TB but could reach 8TB as a
Hitachi plans to show the technology at the Material Research Society's fall meeting on November 29. It hasn't said how soon it could expect a commercialized version to appear on store shelves. [via CDRInfo]