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Monday, January 23, 2006
TDK to Support the VXA Alliance

TDK has become a founding member of the VXA Alliance, a new storage industry group that has formed to provide education on and promote further market adoption of the VXA Packet Technology data tape format.

The company said that it will work in partnership with Exabyte, Imation, Panasonic and Sony to support the global adoption of VXA.

TDK views its support of VXA as an opportunity to be a part of a new data tape market, which is seeing growth since its adoption by IBM and Fujitsu Siemens. TDK is one of only two manufacturers in the world supporting VXA tapes.

Taro Ikushima, product manager, data storage, TDK, said: "VXA is an exciting opportunity for us. Data storage is becoming more and more important for small and large businesses alike, driven by compliance and a growing acknowledgement of the value of an organisation's data."

Exabyte's patented VXA Packet Technology features a read/write "packet" architecture. VXA Packet Tape products offer increased capacity, fast data transfer rates and data reliability compared to other tape formats in the same class. Over three successive generations, VXA products have been disaster-tested by Exabyte and independent labs under the most severe conditions?including violent vibration, immersion in volcanic dust, boiling water and hot coffee, and even freezing cartridges in ice to assure reliable data restores.

VXA Packet Technology provides a digital solution to the long-standing mechanical problem of head-to-tape alignment- a common issue with conventional tape storage products that causes data restore operations to fail. With VXA Packet Technology, VXA Packet Drives write and read data in individually addressed "packets," accomplished by sweeping the entire face of the tape rather than the conventional method of sequentially tracing every tiny track embedded on the tape. During the read duty cycle, discreet data packets are dynamically gathered and reassembled in the VXA buffer, similar to the manner in which data is reassembled via the Internet, resulting in an increased data reliability. VXA Packet Technology eliminates the need for highly machined components to maintain tight tolerances within the drive, resulting in greater capacity, speed and reliability at a lower cost.

VXA products are additionally the only tape storage devices with a 4-level Reed-Solomon Error Correction Code (ECC).

Currently, the VXA Packet drives offer capacities of up to 160GB and speeds of 12MB/s. Plans of the VXA related companies include drives that will feature capacities of 320GB at 24MB/s.

The VXA Alliance plans to demonstrate the widespread adoption of VXA Packet Technology by the industry's core manufacturers and suppliers as well as to facilitate the effective sharing of VXA Packet Tape messaging and marketing strategies.

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