Programmable, Open-Architecture HyperWorks Helps Toshiba Design Smaller Hard Disk Drives to Meet Market Demand
Toshiba Digital Network Company, faced with increasing global competition in the hard disk drive (HDD) marketplace, set out to create an advantage through the redesign of their existing HDD product(s). To support this effort, Toshiba partnered with Altair Engineering to automate its design process. This was accomplished by leveraging HyperWorks powerful modeling, visualization and optimization software applications with Toshiba’s proprietary solver for fluid dynamics. The specific goal was to optimize the air bearing surface (ABS) of the HDD’s magnetic head slider. This unique product development process resulted in minimizing the flying height as much as possible while considering its stability. This, in turn, reduced the overall size of the HDD and increased its recording density. In addition, the new design was brought to market in significantly less time than with Toshiba’s traditional design process.