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Seiko, A*STAR partner on HDD tech

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HDD? pivot assembly? research collaboration?

Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Data Storage Institute (DSI) has recently announced a thin hybrid drive research collaboration. The initiative will see the development of a pivot assembly for 2.5in, 5mm HDD, bringing DSI a step closer to its 5mm thin drive target, stated the organization.

SII and DSI will put in significant amount of resources to this alliance to bring the design of the pivot cartridge toward manufacturing, they noted. The pivot assembly is an important component within the HDD that supports the movement of the actuator arm that carries the integrated system of read/write sensors over the media.

DSI's 5mm hybrid HDD architecture is targeted at addressing the current limitations of both flash-based SSDs and conventional HDD, mitigating areas such as portability, data storage reliability, storage capacity, power consumption and cost. The resulting 5mm hybrid HDD is expected to enhance the next generation of media tablets and mobile computing devices, through increased capacity and reliability, DSI said.

"The development of pivot assembly for 5mm thickness HDD is very challenging. However, with DSI's expertise and strengths in HDD, I strongly believe that our collaboration with DSI will be a resounding success and therefore make a positive contribution in the growth of HDD industry," reckoned Masao Kasuga, SVP of SII.

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