According to a leaked roadmap from Seagate, the storage giant plans to introduce high-capacity enterprise-class hard disk drives into its Terascale lineup as soon as next year. Aimed at high-capacity applications, the drives will come in 5TB and 6TB capacities and will likely be based on new-generation platters with greater storage densities.
In terms of specifications, the drive will likely have a spindle speed of 5900rpm, 64MB of DDR2 cache and use the SATA 6Gbps interface.
When such drives will trickle down to the consumer segment remains to be seen. High-capacity drives are seen as the way forwards for the hard disk drive market, as more and more OEM makers are turning to SSDs to boost their systems performance.
However, as we have previously reported, Seagate's SVP & MD of Seagate Asia Pacific & Japan Sales & Marketing, Mr BanSeng Teh, is adamant that the good old hard disk drive is still here to stay as they provide superior cost per gigabyte ratio - something that SSDs cannot match and won't be able to, for quite some time to come.
Source: X-bit Labs