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IBM Selects FUJIFILM for Advanced Data Cartridge

FUJIFILM Recording Media announced that it will manufacture the data cartridge for IBM’s new TS1150 enterprise tape drive.

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FUJIFILM Technology Supports IBM’s New TS1150 Tape Drive Using Record Breaking Barium-Ferrite Particle

10TB Tape Storage Solution Offers Users a Secure Format for Data Preservation

VALHALLA, N.Y. — FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A. Inc. today announced that Fujifilm will manufacture the data cartridge for IBM’s newest enterprise tape drive, IBM TS1150. The IBM 3592 Advanced Data Cartridge Type D incorporating Fujifilm’s unique Barium-Ferrite (BaFe) particle will have a native storage capacity of 10TB and support transfer speeds up to 360MB per second.

“This announcement demonstrates the collaboration on technology development between IBM and Fujifilm,” said Norio Shibata, FUJIFILM Corporation. “Fujifilm has been actively developing high recording density media using BaFe and together with IBM has proven the capabilities of BaFe technology; first in 2006 with a 6.67GB per square inch data density demonstration, again in 2010 with a 29.5GB per square inch data density demonstration and most recently in May 2014 with a 85.9 GB per square inch data density demonstration, which is equivalent to a single tape cartridge capable of holding 154 terabytes of uncompressed data. We are pleased to be the manufacturer of this next generation IBM 3592 data cartridge incorporating our BaFe technology.”

Thru the development of digital technology, the amount of data generated on a daily basis continues to increase. Advanced magnetic tape has many advantages that address capacity, portability, reliability, longevity and energy efficiency. Tape has been used for years, as the robust storage media for backup and disaster recovery. Today, given that volumes of valuable data must be accessible in the future, the demand for long term data retention and data preservation is increasing.

The IBM 3592 Advanced Data Cartridge Type D features Barium Ferrite particles with excellent magnetic property, a strong thin base film and a newly designed reel brake for high speed seek, resulting in a highly reliable high capacity tape with faster access times.

“The advanced technology in the IBM 3592 Advanced data cartridge Type D will enable customers to realize much higher densities, while improving the average time to data on the extended length cartridge. The 10TB cartridge density continues to demonstrate tapes viability as the best choice for persistent data in Big Data and Cloud provider implementations.” — Shawn Brume Sc.D., Business Line Executive Data Protection and Retention

Fujifilm has advanced the development of BaFe particles maintaining higher coercivity (using micro fine particles) to realize lower noise, higher frequency characteristics and superior storage performance in comparison to other metal particles. In addition, Fujifilm has advanced its unique NANOCUBIC technologies: “NANO particle”, “NANO coating” and “NANO dispersion” to achieve an ultra-smooth thin magnetic layer by coating BaFe particles uniformly, which prevents tape surface waviness and uneven thickness. Fujifilm has also verified the long term archivability of BaFe magnetic tape particle through accelerated environmental evaluations. This testing proves that the data storage of thirty years or more with BaFe tape particle is possible and that the tape can maintain its magnetic characteristics for long term storage.

About Fujifilm
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 archival solutions, including Dternity. Based on a history of thin-film engineering and magnetic particle science such as Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology, Fujifilm creates breakthrough data storage products. In 2013, Fujifilm surpassed the 100 million milestone for the number of LTO Ultrium data cartridges manufactured and sold since introduction, establishing the company’s leadership and success as the leading global manufacturer of mid-range and enterprise data tape. For more information on Fujifilm Recording Media products, customers can call 800-488-3854 or go to To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe free at