IBM introduces lightning-fast disks with new MR heads (Magneto-Resistive). Before this, the head technology was called thin film heads.
Quantum introduces the Ultra DMA interface.
IBM announces the world’s highest-capacity desktop PC hard disk drive with new breakthrough technology called Giant Magnetoresistive (GMR) heads. Pioneered by scientists at IBM Research, GMR heads will be used in IBM’s Deskstar 16GP, a 16.8GB drive. This brings down the cost of storage to 25 cents per megabyte.
IBM introduces the MicroDrive, the world’s smallest and lightest hard disk drive, revolutionizing the portable device industry, including PDAs, digital cameras, laptops and MP3 players. The MicroDrive used most often in portable devices fits 340MB in a 1.7×1.4-inch case – enough for more than 55 high-quality, 2-megapixel digital photo images. It weighs less than a double-A battery.