Seagate Reaches 1 Terabit Per Square Inch Milestone In Hard Drive Storage With New Technology Demonstration

March 20, 2012

Seagate Pushes The Limits, vertical recording reaches terabyte per square inch areal density. Here is their complete press release.

CUPERTINO, Calif. – March 19, 2012 – Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers put between 200 billion and 400 billion.

Seagate reached the landmark data density with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next- generation recording technology. The current hard drive technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), is used to record the spectrum of digitized data – from music, photos, and video stored on home desktop and laptop PCs to business information housed in sprawling data centers – on the spinning platters inside every hard drive. PMR technology was introduced in 2006 to replace longitudinal recording, a method in place since the advent of hard drives for computer storage in 1956, and is expected to reach its capacity limit near 1 terabit per square inch in the next few years.

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CES: Cool stuff: Seagate contemplates 4G LTE for mobile storage hot spot

January 10, 2012

When on the go, you want to stay connected at all times and carry as much data as possible without having to physically carry a lot, right?

Soon you’ll be able to do just that.

Seagate revealed and demonstrated at CES 2012 the prototype of a product tentatively called Personal Server 4G LTE Wi-Fi. This is basically a combination of what the company’s GoFlex Satellite has to offer and a 4G LTE mobile hot spot in one compact box.

Seagate’s Personal Server 4G LTE Wi-Fi devices open up a lot of potential for mobile applications.

Seagate said this is result of a 1.5-year collaboration with Verizon, which will be the exclusive provider of the 4G LTE connection for the product when it’s released. For the first time, your favorite iPad/Tablet wireless storage expander will connect you to the Internet, too, no matter where you are in the States.

The demo unit is the same size as the GoFlex Satellite. The only difference is it no longer belongs to the GoFlex family, but instead has just one fixed USB 2.0 port and a built-in 4G mobile hot spot. I tried it out briefly and was able to experience what the product is intended to offer, which basically includes two main features:

First is the ability to wirelessly expand the storage capacity of your mobile device, such as an iPad, with enough storage space carry hundreds of HD movies on the go. The prototype comes with 500GB but the final product will likely offer more.

And secondly, when a mobile device connects to the Personal Server via a Wi-Fi connection, it gains access to the Internet via a 4G LTE connection. This is similar to what you can do with a mobile hot spot, such as the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. You don’t need to be in an area with a Wi-Fi network to gain access to the Internet anymore.

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Seagate Awarded $525 million in Arbitration with Western Digital

November 22, 2011

Western Digital announced today in a press release that the arbitrator for a Seagate vs. Western Digital complaint sided with Seagate and ordered an award of $525 million paid to Seagate. The arbitration was initiated when Seagate alleged misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets by Western Digital once a Seagate employee defected to Western Digital.

CEO John Coyne intends on challenging this award, stating that WD believes “the company acted properly at all times” and adding that the ruling “does not affect our ability to conduct our operations, to complete the recovery and recommencement of our Thailand operations”.

Along with most other hard drive manufacturers such as Toshiba, Hitachi, and of course Seagate, Western Digital is suffering losses after major flooding recently struck Thailand operations. DigiTimes reported that Seagate anticipates a 10-18% reduction in hard drive output as a result of the flooding, with other manufacturers surely similarly affected, resulting in a hard drive shortage for the coming months.

Source: Press Release

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