Western Digital to roll out helium-filled HDDs
- USA: Monday, January 07 - 2013 at 04:18
Global market research company, IHS iSuppli has said Western Digital's upcoming line of high-efficiency and super-capacity helium-filled hard disk drives (HDD) could elevate the company to the top of the enterprise HDD space, Digitimes has reported. Western Digital, which recently merged with Hitachi GST, continued to hold the number two spot after Seagate Technology during the third quarter of 2012. However, enterprise HDD rankings could change after helium HDDs are introduced into the market, an event projected to occur in the final quarter of 2013, the firm said. "Helium HDDs could propel Western Digital to the top enterprise HDD spot, dethroning Seagate in the process," said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS. "Western Digital says helium-filled HDDs can reduce power consumption, an issue of concern for enterprise HDD users, by more than 20%. And helium-filled HDDs can advance drive capacity by another 25% to 50%, without increasing platter density or drive thickness."
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