Maxtor shows low-cost recording process
Maxtor claims its subsidiary, MMC Technology, has demonstrated a way to double hard disk recording density without adding significantly to the manufacturing cost. The system, which uses Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), can achieve real densities equivalent to 175GBs per platter compared with the current standard of 80GBs per platter produced by Longitudinal Magnetic Recording (LMR). The more compact and efficient PMR process requires a recording medium with smaller grains of material, a special soft underlay (SUL) layer and electronics capable of producing a better signal-to-noise ratio. The PMR manufacturing process uses the same equipment as the LMR process, Maxtor said, with just an incremental cost for making media with a suitable soft underlay layer (SUL). Maxtor did not say when production drives incorporating PMR would be released.
Intel hits higher Q3 revenue target
Intel has posted third-quarter revenue in line with its own heightened expectations, in a hopeful sign that a recovery in the semiconductor industry is underway. For the period ending September 27, Intel took in $US7.8 billion in revenue, up 20 per cent from last year’s third quarter revenue of $6.5 billion. Net income was $1.7 billion, up 142 per cent (from $686 million in last year’s third quarter). The company said its notebook processor business grew 30 per cent compared to this year’s second quarter. Shipments of mobile processors were growing at twice the rate of desktop processor shipments. Even flash memory sales were higher than in previous quarters, reversing a trend of flash memory shipment declines after Intel raised prices earlier this year.