“FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge" Compressed Storage Capacity of 15.0 TB; High-Speed compressed Data Transfers at 750 MB/sec.
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) announced that it will launch FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge (LTO7) on November 18, 2015. Adhering to the 7th generation “LTO Ultrium standards*” for magnetic tape media, the LTO7 will allow for backup and archive of large volumes of data, high-speed data transfer at 750 MB/sec. (300 MB/sec. for non-compressed data), and offer a storage capacity of 15.0 TB (6.0 TB for non-compressed data).
Recent technological developments have caused an exponential increase in the quantity of data generated worldwide. Such developments have included increases in data volume following the emergence of high-definition 4K and 8K video; the spread of supercomputer use in the areas of genetic analysis and drug development; and advances in the IoT (Internet of Things). At the same time, "cold-data", or data that is rarely accessed as time passes - is estimated to account for over 80% of all data. As the utilization of accumulated big data rapidly increases, so does the need for reliable and cost effective long term storage of such data for future use. The use of magnetic tape is gaining in popularity, especially at major data centers, thanks to its storage capacity, portability, energy efficiency, total cost of ownership and suitability for long-term storage. The demand for magnetic tape is expected to increase further.
BaFe magnetic particles offer outstanding recording / retrieval performance and are suitable for long-term storage. The high coercivity, high signal to noise ratio and superior frequency characteristics make BaFe magnetic particles a cutting-edge technology that can help further increase the capacity of magnetic tape. Capitalizing on years of R&D investment and expertise, Fujifilm was the first in the world to commercialize magnetic tapes using BaFe magnetic particles for enterprise systems in 2011. In 2012, Fujifilm introduced LTO Ultrium Data Cartridge which employed BaFe magnetic particles Foreseeing the limitations posed on capacity by legacy metal magnetic particles, the prevalent technology at the time, Fujifilm's early commercialization of magnetic tape using BaFe magnetic particles has allowed the company to consistently lead the market. Leveraging highly sophisticated BaFe magnetic particle technology, Fujifilm's BaFe particle-based magnetic tape shows stable and excellent performance regardless of the drive employed, and offers outstanding quality.
With LTO7, Fujifilm has further developed its proprietary BaFe magnetic particle technology and “NANOCUBIC technology,**” expanding storage capacity to about 2.4 times that of LTO6 at 15.0 TB for compressed data and making data transfers approximately 1.9 times faster, reaching 750 MB/sec for compressed data. Compared with LTO5, LTO6 capacity and transfer speed have increased by 1.7 and 1.1 times, respectively. The increase in performance from LTO6 to LTO7, however, vastly surpasses this gap. In order to boost the product's storage capacity, Fujifilm has achieved high-precision magnetic particle dispersion, has made the magnetic layers thinner, and has reduced minor defects for a better error rate. In this way, Fujifilm has successfully increased recording density by more than two times compared to LTO6. Furthermore, appropriate material design has allowed us to boost reliability, durability and tracking performance, while at the same time making the tape layers thinner and improving storage capacity. Moreover, Fujifilm's BaFe magnetic particles offer low variance in terms of magnetic properties, offering greater stability, and the ability to reliably store data for over thirty years has been verified.
Fujifilm is engaged in technological development with the aim of further expanding the capacity of magnetic tapes using BaFe magnetic particles. The micronization of magnetic particles is a major factor in improving the recording density of magnetic tapes. By combining proprietary particle formulation design and particle formation processes, Fujifilm has successfully commercialized BaFe magnetic particles that are microscopic in size but at the same time exhibit uniform characteristics with little unevenness. In April 2015, Fujifilm in cooperation with IBM demonstrated the potential of achieving a data cartridge with 220 terabytes of uncompressed capacity using an advanced prototype of BaFe magnetic particles. 220 terabytes is the highest capacity in the world for coated magnetic tape.*3
Since the launch of LTO1 in 2000, Fujifilm has been the leader in the development of high-capacity magnetic tape and is engaged in the constant pursuit of high performance and high quality as the world's top manufacturer*4. Fujifilm will continue to develop and provide high-performance, high-quality media and services to satisfy customers' needs and expectations, thereby helping to solve social issues.
*Linear Tape-Open, LTO, the LTO logo, Ultrium and the Ultrium logo are registered trademarks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum in the United States of America and in other countries.**Fujifilm's proprietary ultra-thin layer coated magnetic tape technology allows high-density, high-capacity magnetic recording and consists of; nano-particle technology, which allows the micronizing of magnetic particles; nano-coating technology, which allows ultra-thin coating; and nano-dispersion technology, which allows the uniform dispersion and arrangement of micronized magnetic particles.***As of November 18, 2015; data by Fujifilm.*4Manufacturer share; data by Fujifilm.
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|Capacity ( at 2.5x compression)||6.0 TB (15.0 TB)|
|Transfer rate ( at 2.5x compression)||300MB/s (750MB/s)|
|Number of tracks||3,584 (32 track heads)|
|Cartridge memory||130,816Bits (16,352 byte); Internal EEPROM|
|Tape width||12.65 mm|
|Tape thickness||5.6 μm|
|Tape length||960 m|
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