The European Commission announced on 27 April that it has cleared the proposed merger of two US manufacturers of hard-disk drives, Seagate and Maxtor.
In endorsing the proposed merger, the Commission took account of the fact that hard-disk drive customers are large and sophisticated buyers, such as HP and Dell who do and will continue to benefit from strong purchaser power.
Known technically as "antiferromagnetically-coupled (AFC) media," the new multilayer coating is expected to permit hard-disk
drives to store 100 billion bits (gigabits) of data per square inch of disk area by 2003.
Why this is so: In the pre-Windows 98 FAT16 format, the minimum hard-disk
storage unit (called a cluster) for even the smallest file is 32 kilobytes (Kb).