Western Digital (WDC) plans to launch hard drives filled with helium gas next year, using...

|About: Western Digital Corporation (WDC)|By:, SA News Editor

Western Digital (WDC) plans to launch hard drives filled with helium gas next year, using technology from its Hitachi unit. WDC boasts the drives, which will be aimed at the lucrative data center market, can lower power consumption by 23% and increase capacity by 40% over current models. Seagate (STX) has traditionally held the upper hand on WDC in the data center market, though both firms are now facing tough competition from flash storage providers such as Fusion-io (FIO).