The 1 terabit per square inch demonstration extends a long line of storied technology firsts for Seagate, including:
Is it possible to estimate how this affects latencies? Naturally higher data density means more throughput, right? But are the heads going to work in a different way, or will latencies remain the same?
Mechanical movement across the platters will remain the biggest limitation on reducing latency. But as drives like the Momentus line and motherboard features like Intel's SRT become more common the latency will be less of a problem for the most often accessed files. Right now, Intel 20 GB cache drive for SRT is a somewhat expensive option at around $120. But as the price drops it will come to be seen as a necessity.
Lordy! A 6TB platter drive would be awesome. Put four into a NAS box and never look back.
I have a 60GB OCZ Solid SATA-III 6GBs SSD in my 2600K system as the Intel RSTcache for a SATA-III 6GBs Western Digital 1TB Black. It's much faster than just the WD Black alone is, but when I put my 240GB SSD into the box it's speed goes crazy.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I'll take a 60TB drive.
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