Imagine an LTO4 tape that could hold 1.6TB of data - uncompressed. Imation has technology that could double the capacity of existing tape media.

Imation, one of the top tape media manufacturers, has devised a new tape format that doubles the capacity of existing tape media. For example an 800GB LTO4 tape cartridge could hold 1.6TB.

The technology involves better track placement (servo technology) and more sensitive read/write heads. This combination enables more tracks to be laid down on the tape, up to 10,000 per inch on current media like LTO4.

Imation is closely involved with both Quantum and the LTO consortium in tape format technology developments so it has credibility. The company is looking for partners, like the LTO group, to commercialise this.