Western Digital Teams with IBM
By Zachary Shess
IBM and Western Digital recently inked a supply and technology licensing agreement under which IBM will facilitate Western Digital`s manufacturing of desktop hard drives by supplying them with giant magneto-resistive (GMR) heads, as well as other components.
Western Digital`s largest capacity desktop disk drive currently is the 6.4GB Caviar. That capacity is not expected to be large enough for anticipated storage requirements for the forthcoming Windows NT Workstation and Windows 98 platforms. As a result, Western Digital will license IBM`s 16.8GB Deskstar drive. Western Digital is also expected to license IBM`s upcoming 32GB hard drive technology, which is expected to ship in the next 18 months.
Western Digital officials anticipate delivering desktop hard disk drives based on IBM products and technology in the first half of next year. Financial terms of the proposed agreement were not disclosed.