Fujitsu Announces Breakthrough Achievement for One Terabit/Inch2 Using Patterned Media Technology

Latest Technology Milestone Establishes Pattern for Future Hard Disk Drive

(HDD) Capacity Expansion

Jan 18, 2007, 00:00 ET from Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Fujitsu Computer Products of
 America, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of innovative computer
 products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security
 solutions, today announced another prominent breakthrough in magnetic
 recording. Using patterned media technology, Fujitsu was able to achieve a
 one-dimensional array nanohole pattern with an unprecedented 25 nanometer
 pitch. This dramatic new achievement was presented at the 10th Joint
 MMM/Intermag Conference on January 9, 2007 in Baltimore, MD.
     This revolutionary accomplishment came from the joint work of Yamagata
 Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited and Kanagawa Academy of
 Science and Technology (KAST). With this latest patterned media
 announcement, Fujitsu has successfully realized a nanohole pattern with 25
 nanometer pitch, a process which will enable one Terabit/in2 recording on
 HDDs in the future.
     Fujitsu first announced innovations with patterned media recording in
 June 2005. At that time, advancements were made with the introduction of a
 process to pre-pit aluminum media, resulting in nanoholes with an extremely
 dense and ordered structure. In addition, a technique called land/groove
 texturing allowed for the creation of discrete tracks in which the
 nanoholes could be formed. This progress in patterned media has enabled the
 development of high capacity hard disk drives, especially in smaller form
     During the MMM/Intermag conference, Fujitsu also revealed a new
 development involving perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) read/write
 operation on random patterned media. With this technology, the soft
 underlayer (SUL) is used as the PMR media, another important milestone.
 This progress in patterned media recording closely follows the November
 2006 Fujitsu announcement regarding the optical element being developed for
 thermal assisted recording, another promising advancement for future
 capacity increases. These accomplishments indicate that Fujitsu now
 possesses a variety of enabling technology options that allow for the
 engineering of hard disk drives with increased areal densities.
     Growing demand for HDDs with high capacities, especially in small form
 factors, are being generated from both the enterprise and mobile arenas.
 Manufacturers of database servers and NAS and SAN systems are seeking these
 models so that they can create products that feature greater amounts of
 storage space, but which require less power and generate less heat.
 Notebook and consumer electronic (CE) companies covet these hard disk
 drives so they can design the sleek, high-performance products that are so
 popular in the mass market.
     "Fujitsu is proud of its technology leadership in the hard disk drive
 industry and is very excited to report these latest results on patterned
 media recording," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business
 development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. "In conjunction with our
 recent announcements on thermal assisted recording and the availability of
 our PMR hard disk drives, we are poised to meet the growing industry demand
 for ultra-high capacity, compact HDDs."
     The work on nanohole patterned media is supported by the "Research
 Program on Development of Innovative Technology" of the Japan Science and
 Technology Agency.
     About Fujitsu
     Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications
 solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies,
 highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide
 corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver
 comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its
 customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702)
 reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion)
 for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See for further
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     Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
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