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The standard form-factor of LTO technology goes by the name Ultrium, the original version of which was released in 2000 and could hold 100 GB of data in a cartridge. LTO version 6 released in 2012 can hold 2.5 TB in a cartridge of the same size.
Upon introduction, LTO Ultrium rapidly defined the super tape market segment and has consistently been the best-selling super tape format. LTO is widely used with small and large computer systems, especially for backup.
As of December 2012 LTO-6 was the latest generation; further generations are planned as tabulated below.
|Release Date||2000||2003||2005||2007||2010||Dec. 2012||TBA||TBA|
|Native Data Capacity||100 GB||200 GB||400 GB||800 GB||1.5 TB||2.5 TB||6.4 TB||12.8 TB|
|Max Speed (MB/s)||20||40||80||120||140||160||315||472|
|Compression Capable?||ALDC "2:1"||LTO-DC "2.5:1"||Planned "2.5:1"|
|Partition Capable?||No (1 allowed)||Yes (2 allowed)||Yes (4 allowed)||Planned|
|Tape Thickness||8.9 µm||8 µm||6.6 µm||6.4 µm||6.1 µm|
|Tape Length||609 m||680 m||820 m||846 m|
|Wraps per Band||12||16||11||14||20||34|
|Linear Density (bits/mm)||4880||7398||9638||13,250||15,142||15,143|
|Encoding||RLL 1,7||RLL 0,13/11; PRML||RLL 32/33; PRML||32/33 RLL NPML|
|Cartridge memory||4 KiB||8 KiB||16 KiB|