Fujifilm Selected By Sun Microsystems As Media Partner For Next Generation T10000 Tape Drive
Higher Performance T10K Drive Slated for 2010 Introduction
Using Fujifilm Advanced Tape Technology
VALHALLA, NY, May 20, 2009 – FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., a leading manufacturer of enterprise and midrange data storage media, today announced that it has been selected by Sun Microsystems as its media development partner for Sun’s next generation T10000 tape format, slated for introduction in 2010. Fujifilm currently manufactures cartridges for Sun’s T10000 drives with a native storage capacity up to 1 terabyte (TB) and this next generation drive will further boost capacity and performance, using Fujifilm’s advanced tape coating technology.
“Sun’s decision to work with Fujifilm underscores the commitment both companies have to tape research and development,” said Norio Shibata, General Manager, Recording Media Products Division, FUJIFILM Corporation. “Sun and Fujifilm are committed to High-Performance Computing and archival storage and continue to invest in tape technology to deliver the best solutions for today’s data centers.”
Fujifilm is a global technology innovator and a leader in supplying the IT industry with advanced storage media. The company invests heavily in research and development, using its enormous library of proprietary chemistry and advanced thin-film engineering expertise to further develop tape storage technology and advance existing businesses as customers’ needs evolve.
“Sun’s mission is to bring best-of-breed tape solutions to the market,” said Jon Benson, Senior Vice President, Storage Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Through our collaboration with Fujifilm we will do that, bringing higher performance and higher scalability tape and drive technology to our customers at a lower cost per terabyte.” For more information, please see http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2009-05/sunflash.20090519.1.xml.
Research reports from The Clipper Group* continue to indicate that advances in data density and cartridge capacity are helping to maintain the position magnetic tape holds as the most cost-effective form of data storage. Data storage professionals in need of a reliable, cost effective and high performing solution have found Fujifilm’s tape media to be the preferred solution. Fujifilm invests nearly $4 million dollars every day in research and development, using its enormous library of proprietary chemistry and advanced thin-film engineering expertise to create new products and advance existing businesses as customer needs evolve.
About NANOCUBIC and Barium-Ferrite magnetic particles
Already recognized by the industry as an enterprise-class tape solution, Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology combines nano-scale particles, a unique dual-coating process and advanced dispersion techniques to achieve an ultra-thin magnetic layer that produces higher resolution for recording digital data, ultra-low noise and high signal-to-noise ratios that are ideal for Magneto-Resistive and Giant Magneto-Resistive heads. Fujifilm’s next-generation tape storage media applies NANOCUBIC technology to barium-ferrite particles, a naturally stable crystalline particle that does not corrode or change chemically over time, making it an optimal particle for data storage applications. Due to the crystalline anisotropy, the ultra-fine barium-ferrite particles have high coercivity for superior performance high density recording. The unique Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology coats the barium-ferrite particles in a very uniform manner (with thickness variation of less than 10 percent across the length of the tape), resulting in a much smoother magnetic surface to significantly enhance performance.
FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. is the US-based manufacturing, marketing and sales operations of professional broadcast video and data tape recording media for FUJIFILM Corporation. The company provides broadcast and data center customers and industry partners with a wide range of unique data center accessories, value-added services and programs. Based on a history of thin-film engineering and magnetic particle science such as Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology, Fujifilm creates breakthrough data storage products. In 2009, Fujifilm announced it had surpassed the 50 million milestone for the number of its LTO Ultrium data cartridges manufactured since introduction, highlighting the company’s leadership and success as a manufacturer of mid-range and enterprise tape media. For more information on FUJIFILM Recording Media products, customers can call 800- 488-3854 or go to www.fujifilmusa.com/tapestorage. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss
FUJIFILM Corporation (NASDAQ:FUJI) brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 15 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2008, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of $24 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.
*The Clipper Group, “Disk and Tape Square Off Again – Tape Remains King of the Hill with LTO-4” http://fujifilmusa.com/tapesavesenergy
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