Monday, October 13, 2003


Maxtor's new slant on disk recording | CNET News.com  

Maxtor's new slant on disk recording | CNET News.com: "Maxtor's new slant on disk recording
Last modified: October 13, 2003, 5:30 AM PDT
By Ed Frauenheim
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

update Disk-drive maker Maxtor says it has reached a milestone in devising cost-effective platters for a next-generation technology called perpendicular recording.
The company announced Monday that its subsidiary, MMC Technology, has demonstrated a method of making disk-drive media for the new technology at roughly the same cost as media used in today's drives. With the new media and perpendicular recording technology, Maxtor said it is possible to more than double the amount of data that can be crammed onto a typical disk, from the standard 80GB per 3.5-inch platter to 175GB. "

Can Terabyte drives be far away? This is the way the waves of technology move over us. There doesn't seem to be any hint at how soon these new platters can be included in off-the-shelf drives, but, IF they have a way to make these using existing equipment, then we could see the new drives by this time next year. In light of the growing media convergence and Microsoft's push into IPTV, this comes at a very good time.

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