by Anton Shilov
03/08/2011 | 08:16 AM
Samsung Electronics has demonstrated the world's first hard disk drive (HDD) with 4TB capacity and 1TB platters. The storage solution was shown off at CeBIT trade show last week, but it is unclear when Samsung is in position to ship it commercially.
The industry's first 4TB hard drive belongs to Spinpoint EcoGreen F6 family of hard drives and thus has 5200rpm spindle speed. The HDD marked at HN-D201RAE uses Serial ATA-600 interface and has 32MB of cache, according to Heise.de web-site. While Samsung is naturally tight-lipped about the shipments date for the novelty, the company reportedly did confirm intentions to ship the 4TB hard disk drive in calendar 2011.
While no details are officially known about the Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen F6 4TB hard disk at this time, it is probably based on sixth-generation PMR platters with ~630Gb/inch2 areal density or higher. HDDs based on latest-gen PMR platters are already available; for example, single-platter Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 500GB 2.5" drive has been shipping for some time now; hence, the technology for 4TB desktop HDDs is here.
In late 2010 an analyst predicted availability of 4TB desktop hard drives based on 1TB platters this calendar year. However, some believe that certain companies will introduce 4TB drives based on five platters in order to avoid usage of newer technology.
Given the fact that only newer computers will be compatible with hard drives larger than 2.2TBs, the upgrade market of hard disk drives will likely stagnate a bit next year as fewer consumers will be interested in top-of-the-range HDDs. As a result, it is unlikely that manufacturers will attempt to deliver high capacity points at any cost.