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Showa Denko eyes 1Terabit/square inch HD media

Posted: 04 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:showa denko? hard disk drive? hd media? sdk? storage?

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) will build an R&D center for the development of next-generation hard disk (HD) media to meet the growing demand for bigger storage capacity. The new facility will be built in Chiba, Japan and is expected for completion at the end of April 2006.

SDK will increase the recording density for its HD media from approximately 100Gigabits per square inch (Gbpsi) to 1Terabit per square inch (Tbpsi) by 2010 using perpendicular magnetic recording technology. The company hopes to accelerate the development of technologies for higher-capacity HD media and establish commercial production technologies around the new media. The 1Tbpsi 0.85-inch HD media will have a capacity as big as 40GB or more per disk.

The company is also expanding its HD media production capacity from its current 10.7 million disks per month output to 13.75 million disks per month by March 2006.

Demand for HD media has been growing with the increasing demand for consumer electronics products. Applications for HD media include HDD-based mobile media players and camcorders, in addition to conventional PC applications. The upcoming digital terrestrial broadcasting service for cellphones will also demand higher-capacity storage for higher-quality media files.

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