Maxell Corporation of America announced the general availability of DAT 72, the next generation DDS media.
Maxell's DAT 72 media delivers 36GB of native storage capacity (72GB assuming 2:1 data compression) with a native transfer rate of 3MB/sec. The increased capacity of Maxell DAT 72 has been achieved through reduction in track widths and increased tape length. The thickness of the tape has been reduced to allow for increased lengths to fit into the same DDS form factor. Maxell DAT 72 data cartridges leverage proven technologies from DDS-3 and DDS-4, while undergoing extensive durability tests under various environmental conditions.