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Fujifilm Marks 50 Million LTO Ultrium Format Data Cartridges Milestone

FUJIFILM Recording Media a leading manufacturer of enterprise and mid-range data storage media, has announced that the company recently passed the 50 million milestone for the number of LTO Ultrium data cartridges manufactured since introduction. This achievement highlights Fujifilm's leadership and success as a manufacturer of mid-range and enterprise tape media.

Recently the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program, a technology developed jointly by HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corp, announced new shipment figures that demonstrate LTO technology’s continued strong growth with over 100 million cartridges shipped since the format’s inception in September 2000.

FUJIFILM General Manager Recording Media/Motion Picture Film Marc Van Agten said, “These figures speak for themselves. Having manufactured over 50 million LTO Ultrium data cartridges to date, that gives Fujifilm a 50% market share, something we are very happy with. We also see the popularity of the LTO format continuing to grow.”

Fujifilm's first LTO Ultrium data cartridge was shipped in 2000 and had a native capacity of 100 gigabytes with a transfer rate of 20 MB/sec. Today, LTO Ultrium data cartridges are capable of storing 800 gigabytes of native data with a 120 MB/sec transfer rate. With 2:1 drive compression, this capacity increases up to 1.6 terabytes of data storage with transfer rates as high as 240 MB/sec. Fujifilm's announcement follows news made last month as the technology provider companies for the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program marked the shipment of 100 million LTO Ultrium data cartridges.

For data storage professionals who demand a solution that is highly reliable, cost-effective and delivers high performance, Fujifilm's tape media has been the preferred solution.

The advances in data density and cartridge capacity help keep magnetic tape as the most cost-effective form of data storage. Tape offers both the lowest cost per/GB and is remarkably energy efficient because unlike servers, the system is at rest until the data is needed, significantly reducing operational and investment costs. In addition, LTO Ultrium generation 4 technology provides tape drive level-based encryption to help secure data during transport and storage, along with write-once, read-many (WORM) storage for compliance issues.

Fujifilm invests nearly US$4 million dollars every day in research and development, using its enormous library of proprietary chemistry and advanced thin-film engineering expertise to create new products and advance existing businesses as customer needs evolve.


Already recognized by the industry as an enterprise-class tape solution, Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology combines nano-scale particles, a unique dual-coating process and advanced dispersion techniques to achieve an ultra-thin magnetic layer that produces higher resolution for recording digital data, ultra-low noise and high signal-to-noise ratios that are ideal for Magneto-Resistive (MR) and Giant Magneto-Resistive (GMR) heads. Engineered for superior archival and reliable performance, Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology introduces a new binder and a super-fine magnetic particle to provide more stable chemical and physical performance.

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