Though many may believe we are on the verge of moving away from spinning magnetic storage, Seagate and LSI are here to say that that is not going to happen soon. The two companies are working on ways to make magnetic drives faster and more safe, which is something everyone can use with the storage always being the item that brings up the rear in every computer’s speed.
The Seagate and LSI research will also lead to larger capacity drives, which is always good, as most people’s personal data stream gets larger each day. We are having personal data explosions that parallel the one in the greater world. Everywhere we look, there is more data that is pertinent, and needs to be safely archived.
A small write-up on the TechConnect site tells about the advances, and when they might be delivered –
Partners in storage advancement, HDD maker Seagate and LSI Corporation have this week announced the development of a new integrated read channel technology that enables higher-performing and higher-capacity hard drives.
The duo’s innovation combines Seagate’s LDPC (low-density parity check) digital back-end read channel and hard drive controller IP with LSI’s analog front-end read channel (RC) and physical layer (PHY) technology.
"Enabling faster, higher-capacity disk drives that consume less power is essential to end users, server and storage providers and HDD manufacturers," said Phil Brace, senior vice president and general manager, Storage Peripherals Division, LSI. "Together, LSI and Seagate are driving areal density improvements and raising the bar for HDD capacity and performance."
The advanced read channel tech from Seagate and LSI will be used for hard drives featuring SATA 6.0 Gbps, SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) 6.0 Gbps and Fibre Channel 4.25 Gbps interfaces.
The odd thing about all of this is that most likely, now as long before, Seagate will be the company that leads the way, but the competitors will quickly catch up, and become the leaders in the technology. It happened with the original MFM drives, it occurred when IDE drives first appeared, and will no doubt happen with these new specifications. Soon there will be usurpers of the performance throne with names like Western Digital, Hitachi, and Samsung. There may even be others, as new companies spring up all the time, much as Conner broke away from Seagate in the 1980s. (Conner was later reabsorbed by Seagate, but there were many patents that Conner was awarded, and the company advanced the state of hard drives – it was, by any measure, a successful company.)
I look forward to a day when SSDs will boot my machine in a flash, and not be prohibitively expensive for anyone, while the really big magnetic drives expand at , or near, the rate at which my personal data needs grow.