Sony's Storage Media Division has signed the LTO-6
licensing agreement with the Linear Tape Open (LTO)
Program Technology Provider Companies.
It's an important step that will allow Sony to start
development of LTO-6 Ultrium media for today?s
LTO-6 tape cartridge is storing up to an estimated
3.2TB native (8TB compressed) of data on a single
cartridge at a rapid transfer rate of up to 210MB/s
native (525 MB/s compressed). This enhanced capacity
is over double that currently offered by LTO-5 tape
Newly developed magnetic particles will combine with
advances in manufacturing technology to increase
recording density and performance. Sony LTO-6 tape
cartridge will also include the LTFS partitioning
feature introduced on LTO-5 tapes.
Although final specifications of LTO-6 tape technology
are still to be confirmed, the new licensing agreement
gives Sony a green light to push ahead with
development of this exciting technology. Sony's LTO
factory suffered severe damage due to the March 2011
tsunami but is now back on track with newly
manufactured supplies of LTO-1 through LTO-5 media
being delivered to the market during CY11 Q4.