August 30, 2006 11:22 AM PDT

Fujitsu joins the perpendicular storage revolution

Fujitsu announced on Wednesday that it will ship its first hard drive to use perpendicular recording in October--a 160GB, 2.5-inch drive for laptops.

Although Fujitsu was among the first to promise perpendicular recording in 2002, others got to market sooner with the technology, which increases the capacity of hard disks by aligning the magnetic domains vertically. Fujitsu has promised two models in its MHW2 BH series, the 160GB device and an 80GB version, both of which are designed with the shock-resistance required for laptops.

Fujitsu claims that its 160GB drive has the highest storage capacity for a 5,400 rev/min disk, but Seagate and Hitachi have both launched drives with the same capacity. Seagate launched its perpendicular laptop drives in January, including a 2.5-inch 160GB product and followed up with 3.5-inch drives in April.

Toshiba even showed off a 200GB drive in June and launched smaller perpendicular drives in 2005.

Hitachi also claimed it has used better chemicals in its 160GB drives and announced plans for a 230GB drive next year.

With drive makers racing to increase their capacities and the first perpendicular drives appearing on the shelves, the industry is already disputing which technology will eventually replace perpendicular recording. Cutting edge today, it is tipped to run out of steam by around 2011 by reaching a theoretical maximum density of around 1 terabit per square inch. The two front runners are heat-assisted magnetic recording and patterned media. Conventional longitudinal recording continues to hold its own, too.

With sales targets of six million units for the perpendicular drives, Fujitsu hopes to bolster its 21 percent market share of laptop drives, which currently puts in third in the field.

Peter Judge reported for ZDNet UK.

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Nice article overall, but can someone tell me why clicking on the
link for "perpendicular recording" gives me another similar
article with the same link; clicking that gives yet another similar
article with the same link; clicking that gives yet another ...

This circus took me through 5 articles, none of which made the
concept any clearer to me (in fact, many of those 5 articles had
the exact same description, as if it was copied from the previous
article - can you say "plagiarism"). To "get it", I had to look it up
in Wikipedia. Once I read the entry there, I understood what this
concept is.

Question: If you're going to supply a link to a term that may not
be instantly recognized by people (I had heard it before, but
never truly understood what it meant), why not make that link
supply ACTUAL INFORMATION rather than making it an
ADVERTISEMENT for other similar POINTLESSLY DUMB articles?

Sorry, but following that bread trail to nowhere kinda ticked me
off.
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