Hitachi Lays Groundwork for the 20 GB Microdrive

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Hot on the heels of IBM’s announcement that it will have 100 GB memory cards in just a couple of years, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies says it has given some life to an old technology.

This company has managed to double the data density of its hard drives, at least in the laboratory. It is now capable of storing 230 gigabits per square inch.

This will allow for a 20-gigabyte Microdrive or a one terabyte 3.5-inch hard drive.

Unfortunately, this technology won’t be available commercially until 2007, by which time it may have been left behind by IBM’s Millipede process, which will offer a data density over four times greater.

More information on Hitachi Global Storage Technologies’ breakthrough in hard drive technology is available on the company’s web site.

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