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Minebea to mass produce Matsushita's FDB motors for HDDs

Posted: 18 Jun 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Minebea? fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motors? HDD?

Matsushita Electric Ind. Co. Ltd and Minebea Co. Ltd have agreed to begin consignment production of fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motors for HDDs. Under this agreement, production of FDB motors for 2.5inch HDDs designed by Matsushita's Motor Company Division will be consigned to Minebea.

Minebea is scheduled to begin mass production of the FDB motors in the third quarter of 2002 at its Thailand plant. The company's advanced ultra-precision machining and mass production technologies, together with its large-scale production base in Thailand, will enable Matsushita to meet its requirements to expand its FDB motor business.

Given the increasing market demand for higher memory capacity and lower noise generation of HDDs, Matsushita and Minebea expect rapid transition of HDD spindle motor technology from ball bearing type to fluid dynamic bearing type. In addition, applications of HDDs which are currently PC- oriented, are expected to expand into the area of digital home appliances.

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