Seagate, as well as Toshiba, the third remaining HDD player after Western Digital acquired Hitachi GST, could also develop their own scaling technologies to compete with helium-filled offerings. However, technological difficulties and patent issues could present challenges and delay submissions from Western Digital's rivals, IHS said.
A potential obstacle to large-scale production is cost, largely because of the complexity of the manufacturing process. But costs could come down with the continued involvement of major hard drive and component manufacturers.
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