Hitachi, Data Storage Institute collaborate on R&D

The two companies will jointly work on three joint R&D projects developing hard disk drive-related technologies.

SINGAPORE--Hitachi Asia and Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*STAR) Data Storage Institute (DSI) are collaborating on joint research and development (R&D) projects on hard disk drives.

Under a master agreement, three projects on developing hard disk drive-related technologies will kick off in the first year at the new Hitachi Storage Mechanics Laboratory in Singapore, the companies announced in a joint statement. The agreement will also serve as a framework for all collaborative projects between Hitachi and DSI in the next three years

Besides infrastructure and equipment, DSI will bring to the partnership its research knowledge in areas such as servo and mechatronics, as well as head disk interface (HDI) capabilities.

In the following months, Hitachi Asia and DSI researchers will work on mechanical technologies to increase the capacity of hard disk drives while maintaining high reliability. These include developing measurement systems, testing and simulation of the HDI, as well as servo mechanics.