The corporate behind the platters that energy tens of millions of arduous disk drives worldwide has confirmed it has completed work on a brand new technology of warmth assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) media.
Showa Denko Ok.Ok. (SDK) claims the brand new platters will obtain areal density of 5 to 6TB per sq. inch, which is between 4 and 5 instances what present platters provide.
The largest arduous disk drives in the marketplace provide as much as 9 spinning disks. If SDK’s numbers are correct, this implies 80TB arduous drives might turn out to be a actuality this decade.
After collection of acquisitions and consolidations, solely three essential arduous disk producers stay right this moment. Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba all produce tens of millions of HDDs, with an rising quantity going to hyperscale service suppliers like Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
The largest arduous disk drive at the moment obtainable is a 20TB mannequin from Western Digital, the Ultrastar HC650, which makes use of a know-how known as SMR.
As for pricing, the most cost effective arduous disk drive by capability has a per Terabyte value approaching $15, which might put the worth of an 80TB arduous drive at round $1,200.
Which may sound loads, however the potential financial savings when it comes to storage capability, energy consumption and normal upkeep would doubtless outweigh the capital expenditure.
By way of Anandtech