TDK launches 400Gbyte data cartridge

TDK will start selling data storage cartridges based on the linear tape-open (LTO) Ultrium 3 format from the middle of November.

TDK will start selling data storage cartridges based on the linear tape-open (LTO) Ultrium 3 format from the middle of November.

The cartridges have a capacity of 400Gbytes and can transfer data at a rate of 80 megabits per second. The price in Japan will be ¥20,500 (£145) per cartridge, according to Nobuyuki Koike, a company spokesman.

The storage media contains tape with a width of 12.65mm and has 704 recording tracks. It maintains a low error rate up to 25,000 reads/writes.

The product is the first to pass certification testing by the CVE (Compliance Verification Entity), the organisation certifying LTO standardisation.

LTO is a consortium comprising Certance, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, which collectively agree upon LTO Ultrium standards. LTO tape is considered a "super tape" format and competes with Quantum's SDLT (Super Digital Linear Tape) and Sony's S-AIT (Super Advanced Intelligent Tape) formats.

Certance announced Thursday that it had started selling its brand of LTO Ultrium 3 format cartridges for $147 per cartridge.

TDK also plans to sell a write-once type cartridge, but is not saying when.

Paul Kallender writes for IDG News Service

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