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Storage Media Division to Develop LTO5 Tape Media Technology with up to 3 TB Storage Capacity (2:1 compressed)

Press Release   •   Feb 10, 2010 10:00 CET

"The LTO5 tape technology is aimed at supporting the ever-increasing storage capacity requirements of today’s data rich storage environment” said Amandine Guyot, product manager, Sony Media and Peripherals Europe Division. Each cartridge will be able to store up to 1.5TB native (3.0TB 2:1 compressed) of data on one cartridge.  This new generation of the LTO Ultrium format also delivers an impressive data transfer rate of up to 140MB/s native (280MB/s 2:1 compressed).

Specific features of this latest generation of Sony`s LTO Ultrium tape cartridge media include  

·         Increased storage capacity achieved by increasing the number of recording tracks and allowing for higher recording density.

·         Newly developed fine magnetic particles necessary for a tape that is thinner and longer than previous generations.  . 

·         Development of stronger binder required to protect the tape surface from potential damage caused by the tape traveling past the recording head.

·         Sony’s newly developed thin-layer coating technology and smooth surface coating process necessary to meet with the higher recording density needs.

While these technology developments are necessary to bring LTO5 tape technology to the market, Sony’s continual pursuit of meeting customer requirements has also led to modifications on the LTO cartridge itself.  In order to meet the increased demands for RFID cartridge labeling, which are thicker in size than current barcode technologies, Sony’s LTO5 cartridges are being designed with a deeper label cavity allowing these labels to fit better and reduce risk of falling off.

As should be expected from Sony, their LTO5 cartridges will continue to benefit from Sony’s push towards an environmentally responsible manufacturing process, such as using cartridges made of some recycled resin materials and promoting the use Library Packs, which exclude both the plastic P-cases as well as shrink-wrap material, thus reducing the overall use of plastics.