Maxtor Prepares To Leap Storage Hurdle
Maxtor's subsidiary MMC Technology announced that it can manufacture future hard disks using "perpendicular recording" with today's equipment.Maxtor Corp. subsidiary MMC Technology this week plans to announce that it believes it can manufacture next-generation hard-disk platters using todays equipment, helping keep future storage costs down. By 2005, MMC believes, the industry will have switched over to a new storage technique called "perpendicular recording", maintaining the steady increases in storage capacity the hard drive industry has come to expect. Disk storage doesnt have a simple, overarching rule of thumb like Moores Law, which governs the semiconductor industry. Instead, disk manufacturers have traditionally increased the number of megabits stored per square inch at about 25 percent per year in the 1990s, actually increasing that rate to 100 percent per year beginning about the year 2000.
That pace could stall, Maxtor executives warned, unless advances like perpendicular recording are implemented.