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Exciting times are ahead for data hoarders who can’t break the addiction of buying bigger and bigger drives to appease their ever-growing file collections, according to a press release shared today by Toshiba that includes a roadmap teasing what the company is planning to release in the coming years. While the roadmap relates strictly to HDDs for data centers, the timeline indicates that hard drives as massive as 40 TB might be available to consumers by 2026 thanks to some of the advancements that the company has made with its various recording technologies. These include MAS-MAMR (Microwave Assisted Switching – Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording) and HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording), both of which enable much greater storage capacities.

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Toshiba Unveils Path to 30TB by FY23 (Toshiba)

  • Toshiba Corporation held an investor relations event in Tokyo, Japan. During Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation’s presentation, Mr. Hiroyuki Sato, President & CEO of TDSC, unveiled a descriptive roadmap of Toshiba’s next-generation Nearline HDDs.
  • Data generation continues to grow at a double digit rates every year, and demand from cloud companies to store the burgeoning data is driving the need for higher capacity HDDs.
  • To meet this surging demand, Toshiba plans to leverage its proprietary recording technologies, FC-MAMR (Flux-Controlled – Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording), MAS-MAMR (Microwave Assisted Switching – Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording), and Disk Stacking technology to lift Nearline HDD capacities to 30TB by FY2023, and greater capacities beyond.

“Toshiba continues to work closely with the cloud companies to understand their exact capacity and performance requirements, and the ability to utilize our next-generation technologies will be key to meeting our customers’ needs” said Raghu Gururangan, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. Vice President, Engineering & Product Marketing.

“Many years of close collaboration work with our key component suppliers is leading to impactful technology breakthroughs to achieve higher capacities, which ultimately reduces TCO (total cost of ownership) of our Nearline HDDs.”

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