Capacity, reliability, performance and cost effectiveness: Sony introduces LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridge

Paris, 30 April, 2007 – Increasing the storage capacity to 1.6TB, allowing higher data transfer rates of 240MB/s (both compressed) and offering greater reliability, the new Sony LTO Ultrium4 data cartridge has been designed for businesses with critical data storage and archival needs. Initial shipments of the new tape media (Sony LTX800G) will start early May 2007.

“This new cartridge was designed with our customers’ evolving needs in mind. It delivers on four key fronts – capacity, reliability, performance and cost effectiveness.” said Naoki Ochiai, Storage Media General Manager in Sony Europe’s Recording Media & Energy division.

The Sony LTX800G cartridges are manufactured with newly developed fine magnetic particles and a higher thermal stability binder in order to maximise performance. The fourth generation data cartridge also adopts Sony’s newly developed thin-layer coating technology and a smoother surface coating process, which allows low error rates and stable output under a wide range of operating conditions.

To provide continued backward-compatibility, the LTO Ultrium 4 format hardware has read-and-write capability with LTO 3 cartridges, and read capabilities with LTO 2 cartridges. The LTO 4 format also features hardware-based encryption capabilities to better protect the storage and transport of sensitive information.

Sony will introduce write once LTO Ultrium 4 WORM data cartridges, used to prevent data erasure and alteration, due Summer 2007.

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