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Quinta

A division of Seagate that was originally an acquisition and then absorbed into the company by 1999. Quinta was the developer of Optically Assisted Winchester (OAW) technology. See OAW.



OAW

(Optically Assisted Winchester) An earlier disk technology under development by Seagate in the late 1990s. Magneto-optic in principle, it differed because both laser and magnetic components were on the same side of the platter. OAW used a fiber to direct light via a rotating MEMS mirror. The technology was later folded into Seagate's research on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). See HAMR, magneto-optic disk and MEMS.



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