July 28, 2005
"Kryder's Law," an article in this month's issue of Scientific American, spotlights Mark Kryder's pioneering disk drive research. Kryder, a university professor in ECE and the chief technical officer at Seagate, co-founded the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) at Carnegie Mellon. The DSSC is largest academic research center in data storage in the United States.
Moore's Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, posits the capacity of computer semiconductors will double every 18 months. Kryder adds that rising hard-disk capacity is also more integral to digital advances than ever before.
"Today the density of information we can get on a hard drive is much more important to enabling new applications than advances in semiconductors," Kryder said in the article.
From the iPod, to GPS systems in cars, to recording on TiVo, hard drives are popping up more and more in daily life. According to the Scientific American report, Kryder, Seagate, and the DSSC are studying many methods to maximize these tiny drives, including perpendicular recording, heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), and patterned media recording.