Also discovered over at the DailyTech today, Seagate has submitted a patent for a technology it invented that could give current hard drive technology a few more years of life.
It's called "nanotube technology", which allows the read and write head to be brought closer to the platter which thus means more data can be recorded to a finer space on the disc. End result? Seagate predict future hard discs up to 10X the capacity of whats available currently.
Earlier this year, we started to see hard drives using perpendicular technology make their way into the market. The technology is one of those inventions that changes the fundamental way information is recorded onto disk. Without going into too much background information, perpendicular recording techniques have given new life to hard drives. Despite this however, storage demands continue to increase as consumers find more uses for data-focused consumer electronics such as portable video players, audio players and other mediums.