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Seagate Technology, a leading maker of hard disk drives and storage solutions, has announced that it will be demonstrating its next generation  heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology at Ceatec 2013 trade-show. Pushing the boundaries of magnetic recording, Seagate’s revolutionary HAMR technology is poised to power an astounding 20TB drive by as early as 2020.

“The world is generating an astronomical amount of data annually and that data needs to be stored. We are approaching the limits of today's recording technology and with HAMR technology, Seagate is on track to continue to increase areal density delivering hard drives with the lowest cost per gigabyte and reaching capacities of 20TB by 2020,” said Mark Re, Seagate's chief technology officer.

Seagate’s next-generation HAMR technology will be incorporated into a 2.5” enterprise drive, spinning at 10K RPM. Designed with enterprise in mind, HAMR fueled drives will be ideal in a blade server environment.

Currently shipping leading-edge shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), Seagate will continue to push the limits of storage capacities with HAMR in an effort to fulfill the insatiable global demand for storage fueled by cloud and mobile usage. Critical for continued improvement in areal density, HAMR increases storage capacity by heating the medium with a laser-generated beam at the precise spot where data bits are being recorded. When heated, the medium becomes easier to write and the rapid subsequent cooling stabilizes the written data. The result of this heat-assisted recording is a dramatic increase in the recorded density.

HAMR, combined with self-ordered magnetic arrays of iron-platinum particles, is expected to break the limit of magnetic recording by more than a factor of 100 to ultimately deliver storage densities as great as 50Tb per square inch. To put this in perspective, a digital library of all books written in the world would be approximately 400TB – meaning that in the very near future conceivably all such books could be stored on as few as 20 HAMR drives.

Seagate HAMR demonstrations will take place, during Ceatec 2013, on Tuesday, October 1st through Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, at the TDK booth (Hall-1-3) during normal operating trade show hours.

Tags: Seagate, TDK, HDD

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"as early as 2020"???

Was that phrase pulled directly from Seagate marketing-speak?

That is 7 years away. An eternity in computer years.
1 0 [Posted by: john42  | Date: 10/01/13 08:28:19 AM]
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At the rate they've been going that last few years I'd be suprised if they released a 5TB drive by 2020!
1 1 [Posted by: Zimanodenea  | Date: 10/01/13 09:00:26 AM]
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400TB / 50TB = 8

that's 8 square inches of hard drive platter to hold all the books ever written, which probably equates to 3 platters, all of which could fit in a single drive!

They really do need to proof read there facts and figures :o(
0 1 [Posted by: Paul Hunter  | Date: 10/01/13 04:05:11 PM]
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He was referring to the 20tb drive supposedly available in 2020
0 1 [Posted by: pondermotive  | Date: 10/01/13 04:57:09 PM]
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50Tb means TeraBits, not Bytes. Another factor of 8.
2 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 10/01/13 06:21:32 PM]
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20TB by 2020?? Pfff. Not impressed at all. More chance and more impressive to see SSDs with that capacity by then.
0 1 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/01/13 07:55:38 PM]
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HAMR is starting to remind me of the promises made about holographic storage. For the last 30 years, holographic storage has been said to be 5 to 10 years away from being feasible.
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