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Quantum ships next tape drive to OEMs. (Storage News Review).

Quantum Corp has said it is on schedule to ship the next variant of its SDLT tape technology to OEMs this summer, setting itself up to leapfrog the rival LTO Ultrium hardware sold by IBM Corp, Hewlett Packard Co and Seagate Technologies LLC.

OEM qualification of the hardware is expected to be completed late in the third quarter, or early in the fourth quarter.

SDLT600 will supercede SDLT320, and will deliver what the company claimed is more than doubled throughput and capacity--more than 30Mbytes/sec and 300Gb per cartridge uncompressed--pushing SDLT back into the performance lead over its only major competitor, LTO.

The latest version of LTO is LTO2, which began shipping from IBM and HP at the beginning of the year, and offers 30MBytes/sec to 35MBytes/sec throughput but with only 200GB uncompressed capacity.

LTO and SDLT have been leapfrogging since LTO's launch in 2000. In the second half of 2004 Quantum promises it will move further ahead with SDLT 1200 drives offering 60Mbytes/sec to 70Mbytes/sec and 600Gb capacity.

LTO3 will emerge from the dressing room in 2005, when it will ship with 40Mbyte/sec to 80 Mbyte/sec speed and 600Gb capacity--still behind SDLT, provided Quantum keeps to its roadmap. Beyond that, SDLT2400 is penciled in for 2006, and LTO4 is slated for 2007.
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Date:Jun 24, 2003
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