Iomega reinvents Zip technology


Iomega reinvents Zip technology

Iomega has created a 35Gbyte rigid disc drive (RDD) technology using 2.5-inch discs and Fujifilm Nanocubic coating technology, as seen in IBM's 3592 300GB tape format.

The 3.5-inch form factor drive, "will cost significantly less than a DDS tape drive", according to Ulrike Tegtmeier, Iomega's managing director for Europe.

The drives and removable cartridges have anti-contamination sealing technology and are claimed to be eight times less susceptible to contamination than Iomega's earlier Jaz drives.

"Backup is seven times faster than tape and restoration takes place at disk speeds," said Tegtmeier. The compressed capacity is 70-90GB, depending upon the compression ratio.

Iomega said the drive, as yet unnamed, will be available towards the end of the first quarter next year, in both standalone and OEM forms. Tegtmeier confirmed that Iomega was in talks, "with established autoloader suppliers" concerning their potential adoption of the technology.

Chris Mellor writes for

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