Toshiba and disk media manufacturer Showa Denko K.K. will establish two new technology development centers for hard disk drives (HDD), in an effort to accelerate the development and manufacturing of higher density HDDs.
The companies will establish the "HDD Advanced Technology Center" and the "HDD
Manufacturing Technology Center", both shceduled to open on July 16th. TDK
Corporation, a pioneer in manufacturing magnetic heads, will also cooperate
with Toshiba in the development work.
In 2004, Toshiba led the industry in introducing perpendicular magnetic
recording technology (PMR), now the dominant technology for high areal density
HDD. However the physical limit of PMR is widely recognized at around
1.6Gbit/mm2 (1Tbit/in2) and densities beyond that will require further
"Toshiba, in cooperation with TDK and Showa Denko, is establishing an HDD
Advanced Technology Center to focus on innovation in future generations of
higher capacity HDD by investigating promising technologies, including
energy-assisted technologies and bit pattern technology," the companies said in
By establishing a complementary manufacturing technology development center at
the same time, Toshiba and TDK, expect to develop stable manufacturing methods
for future HDDs.
Toshiba is trying to secure its position as a global leader in data storage by
developing new generations of high density HDDs and by promoting optimized
storage solutions such as Solid State Drive (SSD) and NAND flash memories
including memory cards.