Hitachi today celebrated the 50th anniversary of the hard drive with the announcement of its plan to release a 1-Terabyte hard drive next year.
Today also marks the companyâ€™s achievement of 345 gigabits per square inch using perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. This means that by 2009, Hitachi can produce a 2-Terabyte 3.5-inch desktop drive, and a 400GB 2.5-inch notebook drive or a 200GB 1.8-inch drive for PDAs and media players.
Hitachi researchers have expressed optimism that the hard drive will continue to grow with PMR technology. They project a 25-Terabyte drive by 2016.