January 11, 2010
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) has joined the Data Storage Systems Center as an associate member, effective October 2009. This relationship with the DSSC will give HGST information storage specialists access to the center's leading-edge research, while providing the DSSC with financial support to maintain its pioneering efforts in data storage technologies.
"At the DSSC, close collaboration with our industrial sponsors is an integral part of the innovation process and helps us develop a relationship that keeps our research relevant and allows us to design projects focused on viable data storage technologies," said Jimmy Zhu, DSSC director and ABB Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "Associates are privy to the pioneering research emerging from the DSSC, which they can use in their own product research and development. The joint research between industry and academia nurtured in our center makes us unique among research groups and has been a vital component of our success. We welcome HGST and look forward to a long and productive relationship with them."
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., HGST was founded in 2003 as a result of the strategic combination of IBM and Hitachi's storage technology business. The company develops hard disk drives, solid state drives and external storage solutions and services to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data. HGST provides storage for a broad range of market segments, including enterprise, desktop, mobile computing, consumer electronics and personal storage.
HGST will receive numerous benefits as part of its relationship with the DSSC. As associates — the highest level of membership available at the DSSC — HGST will sponsor two projects in the center and receive all DSSC research reports before they're published. They will also have access to DSSC graduate students, whom they can discuss research problems with or recruit for temporary or permanent positions; and faculty members, who work closely with affiliates to collectively solve the next generation of information storage problems. HGST will also receive a license to DSSC intellectual property on all projects originating in the center during the sponsorship period, and will be invited to serve on the center's advisory board and attend its semiannual technical reviews.
"Hitachi Global Storage Technology is excited to gain access to the outstanding faculty and students working in the DSSC," said Currie Munce, vice president of research for HGST. "The hard disk drive industry faces many technical challenges in the coming years, and we anticipate that the insight and innovations coming from the DSSC will play an important role in helping us find solutions to those challenges."
Hitachi Global Storage Technology joins the ranks of data storage companies working with the DSSC to advance the hard disk drive industry. Other sponsoring companies include Headway Technologies, MagIC Technologies, SAE, Samsung Electronics, Showa Denko, Seagate, TDK and Western Digital.