What does that mean for PDA owners? IBM’s compact flash microdrives are the ultimate in mini disk space. Current microdrives cap out at 1GB, which is a ton of space, however, 2003 will show exponential growth.
The pixie dust manufacturing technique, officially called antiferromagnetically coupled (AFC) media, adds a thin layer of ruthenium to the platters inside a drive. This layer allows more data to be packed onto each platter.
2003 should be a landmark year as far as disk density is concerned. IBM hopes to reach 100 gigabits per square inch on their platters which will allow microdrives to reach 6GB. That’s an improvement of six times over the current models.
While the technology for these new high capacity CF drives will be available soon, there’s no word if or when IBM plans to produce these units. It’s possible that costs will be too high, preventing the drives from coming to the market.