New Memories for New Applications


Samsung is now developing to support this new movement, offering new solution such as ePOP as well as expanding the current eMMC based MCP (eMCP) line-ups to include cost effective Class 100 eMMC based solutions.

For products like the watchphone where the space is critical, Samsung is developing a new memory solution called “ePOP”, currently expanding Samsung’s cost competitive eMMC based solution to these new line-ups, including 1GB, 2GB eMMC density..

Driving the space saving feature of the MCP further, Samsung’s ePOP goes on top of the application processor, offering the compactness of MCP to customers who faces extreme design space challenges for their new devices.

Samsung’s eMCP memory can be used to expand computing power and content storage supporting high-definition video playback and other high-end multimedia features.Incorporating Samsung’s one of the most cost competitive eMMC into the MCP, the consumers can now enjoy the benefits of using MCP at lowered cost, matching the needs from the devices such as ULCP.



First Hermetically Sealed, Helium HDD Platform Provides Path for Higher Capacity Storage, While Significantly Lowering Power and Cooling, and Improving Storage Density

HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that it is shipping the 6TB Ultrastar He6 hard disk drive (HDD). Key OEM, cloud and research leaders working closely with HGST to qualify the drive include HP, Netflix, Huawei Unified Storage, CERN, Green Revolution Cooling and Code42, as well as some of the world’s largest social media and search companies. Revealed in September 2012, HGST’s cutting-edge HelioSeal™ platform provides a path for higher capacity storage for decades to come while significantly lowering customer total cost of ownership (TCO). Leveraging the inherent benefits of helium, which is one-seventh the density of air, the new Ultrastar He6 drive features HGST’s innovative 7Stac™ disk design with 6TB, making it the world’s highest capacity HDD with the best TCO for cloud storage, massive scale-out environments, disk-to-disk backup, and replicated or RAID environments.

“With ever-increasing pressures on corporate and cloud data centers to improve storage efficiencies and reduce costs, HGST is at the forefront delivering a revolutionary new solution that significantly improves data center TCO on virtually every level – capacity, power, cooling and storage density – all in the same 3.5-inch form factor,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. “Not only is our new Ultrastar helium hard drive helping customers solve data center challenges today, our mainstream helium platform will serve as the future building block for new products and technologies moving forward. This is a huge feat, and we are gratified by the support of our customers in the development of this platform.”

Through HGST’s innovative and patented HelioSeal process, the Ultrastar He6 drive is the industry’s first hermetically sealed helium-filled HDD that can be cost-effectively manufactured in high volume. The breakthrough development of the hermetically sealed process is arriving just in time as key market requirements are colliding with HDD areal density constraints. According to IDC, areal density growth rates have slowed, and are expected at a rate of less than 20 percent per year from 2011 to 2016. Moving forward, HGST’s helium platform will serve as the main platform for new technologies like shingled magnetic recording (SMR) and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) where HGST will continue to push the HDD areal density envelope. The helium platform will also serve as the future building block for new, growing market segments such as cold storage, a space that HGST plans to address over the next couple of years.

“HDD industry areal density growth is not keeping pace with the rate of storage capacity growth in enterprise data centers,” said John Rydning, research vice president, IDC. “HGST’s proprietary, new, hermetically sealed, helium-filled HDD solution – the industry’s first helium filled platform that simultaneously increases capacity while lowering power consumption and operating temperature – is intersecting the market at a time when IT managers are seeking out capacious and energy efficient new disk drives that will help to reduce the total cost of ownership of enterprise storage systems.”

TCOptimized™ – Driving Down Data Center TCO with Helium
The amount of data that companies need to store is growing exponentially, but IT budgets remain flat. With 6TB, a low 5.3 idle watts, a reduced weight of 640g, and running at 4-5°C cooler, the new Ultrastar He6 lowers data center TCO on virtually every level. Key TCO benefits when compared to a 3.5-inch, five-platter, air-filled 4TB drive include:

Highest Capacity HDD on the Market; 6TB, Seven-disk Design, Providing the Best TCO
Lowest Power Consumption with Best Watts-per-TB
– 23 percent lower idle power per drive
– 49 percent better watts-per-TB
Best Density Footprint in a Standard 3.5-inch Form Factor
– 50 percent higher capacity
Lighter Weight than a Standard Five-disk 3.5-inch Drive
– 50g lighter even with two more disks, offering 50 percent more capacity
– 38 percent lower weight-per-TB

Quelle: HGST

Shingle Magnetic Recording von Seagate

August 2013

Shingle Magnetic Recording (SMR) von Seagate ermöglicht neue Flächendichten und erhöht die Kapazität um über 25 Prozent, indem die Anzahl der Spuren pro Zoll auf einer einzelnen Scheibe maximiert wird.

Da unsere Welt immer mobiler wird und wir immer mehr Geräte zur Erstellung und Nutzung von Daten verwenden, nimmt die Nachfrage nach großer Speicherkapazität stetig zu. Seagate geht davon aus, dass die Anzahl der Haushalte, die durch Dinge wie das Streaming oder Erstellen von Inhalten, das Anzeigen von Fotos, die Freigabe von Musik usw. monatlich ein TB an Daten erzeugt, bis 2015 um das 20-fache steigen wird.

Seagate brachte eine der weltweit ersten Festplatten mit vertikaler Aufzeichnung auf den Markt.Bis 2007 konnten wir auf diese Weise unter der Festplattenmarke Barracuda® für eine einzelne Scheibe eine Speicherkapazität von 250 GB erzielen. Fünf Jahre später konnte mit derselben Technik eine Flächendichte von ein 1 TB pro Scheibe erzielt werden. Auch hierfür zeichnete Seagate verantwortlich. Durch diese Weiterentwicklung der vertikalen Aufzeichnung konnte die bis dato höchste Flächendichte bzw. die größte Anzahl an Spuren pro Zoll erreicht werden.Doch trotz einer Speicherkapazität von 1 TB pro Scheibe und 4 TB pro Festplatte ist die Nachfrage der Kunden nach noch mehr Speicherkapazität ungebrochen.

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Quelle: Seagate

New HDD technology

Obducat has proved the ability to imprint 17nm features with its proprietary IPS™-STU™ process.

The next generation HDD technology called pattern media will enable the increase of storage capacity significantly. A key challenge to realize pattern media is the manufacturing of the pattern in a cost effective manner. By concluding both simultaneous double-sided imprint capability as well as small feature replication Obducat takes a significant step forward and there by secures the targeted production capacity and cost.

By successfully adjusting its NanoImprint tools for next generations of hard disk drives based on discrete track recording (DTR) and bit pattern media (BPM), Obducat now have the capability to simultaneously print hard disk substrates on both sides including center hole alignment using the unique Soft PressT technology and IPS™-STU™ process.

Furthermore, 17 nm dots have been printed uniformly with a residual layer below 7 nm. The capacity of the Sindre™ HDD high volume manufacturing system targets the requirements of the hard disk industry having a throughput of 1200 disks/hour.


Imprint of dots with a diameter of 17 nm

Quelle: Obducat-News

Mac-Austauschprogramm für Seagate-Festplatten


iMac-Austauschprogramm für 1 TB-Festplatten von Seagate

Apple hat festgestellt, dass bestimmte Seagate-Festplatten mit 1 TB, die in 21,5″ und 27″ iMac Systemen zum Einsatz kommen, möglicherweise ausfallen. Diese Systeme wurden zwischen Oktober 2009 und Juli 2011 verkauft.

Betroffene Festplatten können bei Apple oder einem autorisierten Apple Service Provider (AASP) kostenlos ausgetauscht werden.

iMac-Besitzer, die während des Produktregistrierungsvorgangs eine gültige E-Mail-Adresse angegeben haben, werden von Apple kontaktiert, um sie über dieses Programm zu informieren. Falls Sie noch nicht informiert wurden, aber der Meinung sind, über eine 1 TB-Festplatte von Seagate zu verfügen, können Sie unter nachfolgendem Link die Seriennummer eingeben, um zu überprüfen, ob diese unter das Programm fällt.

Quelle: Apple-Support

Toshiba Signs Agreement with Western Digital on Acquisition of HDD Manufacturing Equipment and Transfer of HDD Manufacturing Facility

29 Feb, 2012

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC) on Toshiba’s acquisition of certain of Western Digital’s 3.5-inch HDD manufacturing equipment and related intellectual property, and the transfer to Western Digital of Toshiba Storage Device (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (TSDT), Toshiba’s wholly-owned HDD manufacturing subsidiary located in Thailand.

Toshiba and Western Digital aim to complete the acquisition and transfer by March of this year after obtaining approval from the relevant authorities.

Under the agreement, Toshiba will acquire the following equipment and intellectual property from Western Digital.
1) Manufacturing equipment for 3.5-inch HDDs for use in desktop PCs and other consumer applications, plus related intellectual property; and
2) Manufacturing equipment for near-line [1] HDDs for server applications.

Toshiba also has agreed to transfer to Western Digital its entire shareholding in TSDT.
Toshiba’s acquisition of assets from Western Digital and the transfer of TSDT to Western Digital are subject to Western Digital’s completion of its pending acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and regulatory approvals from the relevant antitrust authorities.

The global market for HDD and other storage devices is expected to see sustained demand growth, driven by the continued diversification of devices requiring storage, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, and the explosive increase in data storage and archiving that will accompany cloud computing.

Toshiba acquired Fujitsu Limited’s HDD business in 2009, expanding its product portfolio of small form factor HDDs for mobile applications with Fujitsu’s enterprise HDDs. Since then, the company has developed a line-up of storage products for enterprise applications. More recently, in July 2011 Toshiba unified the Semiconductor Company and the Storage Products Company, covering NAND flash memories, SSDs and HDDs, and is now positioned to carry out coordinated sales promotions to a wide range of customers.

The purchase of part of Western Digital’s 3.5-inch HDD manufacturing equipment and with it the capability to produce 3.5-inch HDDs for desktop PCs, DVR and other consumer applications, will expand Toshiba’s portfolio and enable the company to supply products covering all segments of the HDD market. It will also expand Toshiba’s supply capacity in the market for near-line HDDs, which is expected to expand with the continuing growth of the server market, further reinforcing a strategic segment of the company’s HDD business.

Toshiba will transfer the shares of TSDT to Western Digital and consolidate HDD production at its two HDD manufacturing facilities in the Philippines and a contract manufacturer in China. A key goal is to further enhance cost competitiveness by boosting manufacturing efficiency.

Following the reinforcement of its HDD businesses through this re-organization, Toshiba aims to establish itself as the leading provider of integrated storage solutions–the company that has all three key storage solutions: NAND flash, SSD and HDD.

Quelle: Toshiba

Defekte iMac-Festplatten

iMac-Austauschprogramm für 1 TB-Festplatten von Seagate 

Apple hat festgestellt, dass es in seltenen Ausnahmefällen bei 1 TB-Festplatten von Seagate, die in 21,5-Zoll- und 27-Zoll-iMac-Systemen verwendet werden, unter bestimmten Bedingungen zu Ausfällen kommen kann. Diese Systeme wurden zwischen Mai 2011 und Juli 2011 verkauft.

Betroffene Festplatten können bei Apple oder einem autorisierten Apple Service Provider (AASP) kostenlos ausgetauscht werden.

iMac-Besitzer, die während des Produktregistrierungsvorgangs eine gültige E-Mail-Adresse angegeben haben, werden von Apple kontaktiert, um sie über dieses Programm zu informieren. Falls Sie noch nicht informiert wurden, aber der Meinung sind, über eine 1 TB-Festplatte von Seagate zu verfügen, können Sie nachfolgend die Seriennummer eingeben, um zu überprüfen, ob diese unter das Programm fällt.

Weitere Informationen zum Austauschprogramm finden Sie hier.

Quelle: Apple-Support

6 Gb/Sek SATA-Anschluss von Seagate und AMD

Seagate And AMD Unveil World’s First Demonstration Of Serial ATA 6Gigabit/Second Technology For High-Speed PC Applications

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – March 9, 2009 – Seagate (NASDAQ:STX), teaming with microprocessor manufacturing leader Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) at the Everything Channel Xchange Conference in New Orleans this week, today unveiled the world’s first public demonstration of next-generation high-speed data transfer – Serial ATA 6Gigabit/second – for bandwidth-hungry desktop and laptop PC applications including gaming, streaming video and graphics multimedia.

The Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/second storage interface will deliver the highest performance – burst speeds of up to 6Gigabits per second – for all PC applications, maintain backward compatibility with the SATA 3Gb/second and SATA 1.5Gb/second interfaces, and use the same cables and connectors as previous SATA generations to ease integration. The third generation of the mainstream storage interface for desktop and notebook computers also enhances power efficiency and improves Native Command Queuing, a SATA feature, to increase overall system performance and data transfer speeds of mainstream PC applications but especially applications with heavily transactional workloads such as scientific modeling and forecasting, and engineering design and simulation.

“The increasing reliance of consumers and businesses worldwide on digital information is giving rise to gaming, digital video and audio, streaming video, graphics and other applications that require even more bandwidth, driving demand for PC interfaces that can carry even more digital content,” said Joan Motsinger, Seagate vice president of Personal Systems Marketing and Strategy. “The SATA 6Gb/second storage interface will meet this demand for higher-bandwidth PCs. Seagate has a long history of being first to market with new technologies such as Serial ATA, perpendicular recording and self-encrypting drives, and is pleased to be teaming with AMD to stage the world’s first public demonstration of SATA 6Gb/second storage.”

“AMD strives to deliver platform technology that our technology partners can use to create high- performance desktop and laptop PCs,” said Leslie Sobon, vice president of Product Marketing, AMD. “The new SATA 6Gb/second technology not only incorporates the best features of previous SATA generations but also includes new enhancements. This innovation enables AMD to continue to evolve its technology platforms and to develop low-cost designs that our technology partners can use to improve their own PC and laptop products.”

The Seagate and AMD demonstration features two Seagate SATA disk drives – one a shipping Barracuda® 7200.12 3Gb/second hard drive and the other a prototype Barracuda 6Gb/second drive – in a desktop PC to show the performance difference between the two generations. The PC is powered by an AMD prototype SATA 6Gb/second chipset. The Seagate SATA 3Gb/second drive runs at more than 2.5Gigabits per second and the SATA 6Gb/second drive at 5.5Gigabits per second, with the performance of each storage interface displayed on the PC monitor.

Serial ATA 6Gb/second – Blazing speed for next-generation personal computing Serial ATA (SATA), the mainstream storage interface for desktop and notebook disk drives, is currently available in two speeds – 3Gb/second and 1.5Gb/second. SATA 6Gb/second was developed by the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) under the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 specification.

In keeping with SATA-IO objectives for designing a low-cost interface for desktop and notebook PCs, SATA 6Gb/second maintains the low cost and low-power design requirements of previous SATA generations, and is designed to be backward compatible with SATA 3Gb/second connectors, cables and other hardware.

Quelle: Seagate News

Toshiba übernimmt Festplattengeschäft von Fujitsu

Fujitsu and Toshiba Agree on HDD Business Transfer

Fujitsu Limited and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the transfer of Fujitsu’s hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba. The companies plan to conclude a transfer contract at an early date, and aim to complete the transaction in the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Fujitsu will facilitate the transfer by bringing its HDD-related businesses and functions together in a new company. Toshiba will acquire about an 80 percent stake in this company and make it a Toshiba Group subsidiary. In order to promote a smooth transfer, Fujitsu will continue to hold a stake of under 20 percent in the new company for a certain period of time, after which it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.

The consolidation of the two companies’ HDD businesses will enable Toshiba to reinforce its already strong position as a leading vendor of small form factor HDDs (2.5-inch and smaller HDDs), widely used in notebook PCs, mobile devices, automotive and consumer electronics. It will also give Toshiba entry into the enterprise HDD market for server and data storage system applications, where Fujitsu is currently a leader. Toshiba aims to build its position in the enterprise market to meet expected growth in demand for data storage systems.

Entry into the enterprise business will allow Toshiba to further enlarge its market-leading solid state drive (SSD) business by developing SSD products for servers and enterprise storage systems, fusing Toshiba’s NAND flash memory technology with Fujitsu’s enterprise HDD technology. This move is expected to spur expansion of the rapidly expanding SSD market.

By taking advantage of the integration of Fujitsu’s HDD businesses, Toshiba also aims to strengthen collaboration with HDD parts suppliers and to promote cost reductions and the development of new technologies.

Going forward, Toshiba aims to build on the consolidation to raise its share in the overall HDD market to over 20 percent by 2015.
Details of Transfer:

Under the MOU, Fujitsu will transfer to Toshiba its HDD design, development, manufacturing, sales, and all other functions currently carried out by Fujitsu and Fujitsu Group companies, with the exception of Fujitsu’s HDD head and media(1) businesses.
The following are expected to be the main assets covered by the transfer:

* Fujitsu’s HDD development, manufacturing, and sales divisions
* HDD manufacturing subsidiaries Fujitsu Computer Products Corporation of the Philippines (FCPP) and Fujitsu (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (FTC)
* HDD design, development, quality assurance and other departments of Yamagata Fujitsu Limited
* HDD technology development department of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
* HDD sales and marketing offices outside Japan

Quelle: Fujitsu Ltd.

Firmware-Problem bei Seagate-Festplatten

Firmware-Empfehlungen für die Festplatten Barracuda 7200.11, ES.2 SATA und DiamondMax 22

Bei einer begrenzten Anzahl von Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Festplattenmodellen wurde ein Firmware-Problem ermittelt. Dabei sind die Daten auf den Festplatten unter bestimmten Umständen nicht mehr zugänglich, wenn das Hostsystem aus- und eingeschaltet wird. Die betroffenen Produkte sind Barracuda 7200.11, Barracuda ES.2 SATA und DiamondMax 22.

Basierend auf dem geringen Risiko, das durch eine Analyse der tatsächlich zurückgesendeten Daten ermittelt wurde, können die betroffenen Festplatten nach Auffassung von Seagate unverändert weiterverwendet werden. Seagate bietet jedoch kostenlose Firmware-Updates zur Lösung dieses Problems an, um volle Kundenzufriedenheit zu erzielen.

Bitte lesen Sie die nachstehenden Anleitungen.

Im unwahrscheinlichen Fall, dass Ihre Festplatte betroffen ist und Sie nicht auf Ihre Daten zugreifen können, sind die Daten weiterhin auf der Festplatte gespeichert und gehen nicht verloren. Falls Sie nicht länger auf Ihre Festplatte zugreifen können, klicken Sie hier, um für weitere Hilfe direkt mit uns in Verbindung zu treten.

Verwenden Sie die Tools und Anweisungen aus diesem Artikel, um festzustellen, ob Ihre Festplatte betroffen ist. Ist dies der Fall, aktualisieren Sie die Firmware auf der Festplatte, um dem Problem vorzubeugen.

Quelle: Seagate Knowledge Base