We expect to begin shipping 20 terabyte PMR drives in the second half of this calendar year. -- CEO Dave MosleySeagate is also working on 20TB disks based on SMR and HAMR technology. 20TB HAMR-based HDDs are already shipping, albeit in low quantities. According to Seagate, the laser-based HAMR isn't cost-efficient enough until 24TB and above.
SMR is a shingled version of PMR, it allows greater storage density but has a bad reputation among computer enthusiasts because of performance issues.