A 2005 Scientific American article, titled "Kryder's Law", describes the work of Mark Kryder and the fact that magnetic disk areal storage density is increasing very quickly, at a pace much faster than the doubling in semiconductor chip performance occurring every 18 months in Moore's Law.
"The density of hard drives increases by a factor of 1,000 every 10.5 years (doubling every 13 months)."
In 2005, commodity drive density of 110 gigabit/in2 or 170 megabit/mm2 had been reached. This does not extrapolate all the way back to the initial 2 kilobit/in2 drives introduced in 1956, as growth rates increased with the advent of institutionalized strategic technology re-investment such as the MTC (Magnetics Technology Center later the Data Storage Systems Center).
A PhysOrg.com article reports on a 2009 study by Mark Kryder. According to the report, if hard drives continue to progress at their current pace, then in 2020 a two-platter, 2.5-inch disk drive will be capable of storing more than 14 terabytes (TB) and will cost about $40. It also investigates 13 up-and-coming non-volatile memory technologies to see whether one of them might outperform hard drives on a cost-per-TB basis in 2020.
Awards and honors
Mark H. Kryder is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He was Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Magnetics Society, and has been awarded the IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award and IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award. Kryder received the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat from Singapore in their 2007 National Day Awards.
- "2007 George E. Pake Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. 2007.
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