Toshiba unveils world’s first hard disk drive based on perpendicular magnetic recording

Toshiba unveils world’s first hard disk drive based on perpendicular magnetic recording

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Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., which is a prominent player in the development, design and manufacturing of small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), has scored over its competitors by launching the world’s first HDD-based on perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The company has officially confirmed its latest feat.

The new 1.8-inch HDD to be used in portable consumer electronics devices facilitates storage capacities of up to 10,000 songs or 25,000 photos on a single 40GB platter. This is the largest single platter capacity in the 1.8-inch HDD form. Toshiba is looking at its new HDD as a major breakthrough in technology, they plan to continue innovations and upgrade benchmarks in data density segment. According to Scott Maccabe, Vice President, Toshiba SDD, “Toshiba has started an exciting new frontier for the HDD industry by leading the race to achieve this revolutionary technology, which has been the industry’s aim for more than 20 years.” Elaborating on the utility point of the new HDD, Scott adds, “PMR opens the door to products we haven’t even begun to imagine, by removing the technical barriers inherent to packing more data on an HDD. Providing greater storage capacity on mobile disk drives allows Toshiba to give system OEMs the tools they need for next-generation digital information and entertainment devices.”

The 1.8-inch PMR HDD is now shipping in Toshiba’s new Gigabeat F41, enabling the MP3 player to store up to 10,000 songs or 25,000 photographs.

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