LTO 5 Makers Bring High Speed Tape to Market

By Michael
April 8, 2010

The promise of greater tape capacities and faster transfer rates came a step closer to fulfillment as two companies announced that they are ready to start shipping tape cartridges that meet the LTO 5 standard.

Both Imation, of Oakdale, Minn. and Fujifilm Recording Media USA, of Valhalla, N.Y. aired their intentions after successfully completing compliance testing of their LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape cartridges. Read More …


  1. Ummm….do you know ANYTHING about tape? Imation quotes the transfer speed for compressed data, Fuji quotes the same speed for native (uncompressed) data. Since the general assumption is that compression is 2:1, the speeds are really the SAME. Fuji’s tape is not ‘slower’ as you seem to be saying.
    And of course transfer rate is a function of the DRIVE as much as the tape cartridge….

  2. Hey,
    Of course, you’re correct. Thanks for correcting the erroneous conclusion that the Imation LTO5 offering is faster than Fujifilm’s product. Both cartridges support 1.5TB native storage and 3TB compressed storage, as well as transfer speeds of 140 MB/second for native storage and 280 MB/second for compressed storage.
    And thanks for taking a look at our blog.

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