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Drive makers forge HAMR for 2015

10/11/2011 01:00 PM EDT
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Ryan Tennill
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Ryan Tennill   10/13/2011 10:00:28 PM
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I don't know that this is really true. Look at the pricing of SSD which provide much lower storage/$ but are still making volume sales due to performance. If disk IO performance can be said to scale with density for rotational drives then there is a good opportunity to use performance/$ pricing rather than density/$ while manufacturing and R&D costs are amortized.

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sharps_eng   10/11/2011 9:49:34 PM
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Interesting point about 2 dollars per disk being a limiting factor for high-density storage. If that could be put outside the raw build cost of the drives, and simply added on at the end when you bought your $100 drive, no-one would object to paying that 2-dollar licence fee or premium to get double the density or more. But, when you stick two bucks on the raw build cost, and shove it up through 5 or more layers of sales distribution, it becomes 100 bucks extra, and no sale. So it doesn't matter how big a jump you could get in performance, it has to be cheap enough to hold the price the same as before.

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