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FUJIFILM Introduces Nanotechnology-Based LTO Ultrium 6 Data Cartridge

Published on November 22, 2012 at 4:35 AM

FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., a division of FUJIFILM Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of data storage media, today introduced its new LTO Ultrium 6 data cartridge. The Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 6 cartridge is the first in the world produced with Barium Ferrite magnetic particles using Fujifilm’s core NANOCUBIC technology. The LTO Ultrium 6 cartridge offers a super high compressed (2.5x) storage capacity of 6.25TB with a transfer rate of up to 400 megabytes per second.

“At Fujifilm, our technological advances are based on Fujifilm’s proprietary core technologies, and these help us meet the rapidly increasing demands that our customers have for long term file storage and data management,” said Peter Faulhaber, president, Fujifilm Recording Media USA, Inc. “Fujifilm chose to use Barium Ferrite magnetic particles instead of the current metal particles, because Barium Ferrite is chemically stable, which leads to enhanced performance and longer archival life.”

Nano Technology

Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 6 data cartridges use Fujifilm’s advanced NANOCUBIC coating process, which incorporates three Fujifilm proprietary technologies:

  • Nano-particle Technology: Finer particles (30% smaller than metal particle used on LTO-5)
  • Nano-dispersion Technology: Uniform particle dispersion by applying high-dispersed binder.
  • Nano-coating Technology: Improved ultra-thin layer coating to realize an even thinner magnetic layer.

As part of Fujifilm’s overall commitment to develop environmentally sustainable products, Fujifilm’s LTO Ultrium 6 cartridge offers a reduction on its impact on the environment by eliminating brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from all the mechanical parts of Fujifilm LTO-6 cartridges. Tape is already viewed by many in the data storage industry to have less of an impact on the environment than other storage options because it consumes less energy.

LTO technology is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format developed and enhanced by the Technology Provider Companies (TPC) – HP, IBM and Quantum – to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments.

LTO Ultrium 6 Features

Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 6 cartridges offer more space to record specific cartridge information, with the introduction of a 16K Cartridge Memory (IC chip). This feature allows the user to record cartridge load/unload history and easily monitor the cartridge health.

Fujifilm’s unique high-rigidity reel design prevents hub deformation, which could result in tape edge damage. This feature is particularly important as the tape length gets longer and thinner.

In addition, Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 6 cartridges with BaFe have a long archival life (over 30 years) and show good performance when used with older drives that have aged from repeated use.

LTO Generation 6 hardware will be backward write compatible with LTO Ultrium 5 data cartridges and backward read compatible with LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges. As with the previous generation, LTO Ultrium 6 hardware will incorporate the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Linear Tape File System (LTFS) dual partitioning functionality.

Fujifilm’s newest line-up will include an LTO Ultrium 6 WORM cartridge for Write-Once Read-Many applications, such as data storage compliance standards which require a non-rewriteable format.

Largest LTO Assembly Plant in the World

To meet the growing demands of the LTO industry, Fujifilm has restructured its U.S. manufacturing facility in Bedford, Massachusetts to increase the assembly capacity, allowing for greater flexibility and Just-in-time (JIT) Manufacturing. As a result, this facility has become the largest LTO assembly plant in the world.

Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 6 data cartridges will be available through approved Fujifilm resellers.

Source: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/

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