Tapes: LTO

Below is a table showing release dates and generic information about the LTO tape format:

Generation LTO-1 LTO-2 LTO-3 LTO-4 LTO-5 LTO-6
Release Date 2000 2003 2005 2007 TBA TBA
Native Data Capacity 100 GB 200 GB 400 GB 800 GB 1.6 TB 3.2 TB
Max Speed (MB/s) 15 40 80 120 180 270
WORM Capable? NO NO YES YES PLANNED PLANNED
Tape Thickness 8.9 μm 8.9 μm 8 μm 6.6 μm
Tape Length 609 m 609 m 680 m 820 m
Tape Tracks 384 512 704 896
Write Elements 8 8 16 16
Wraps per Band 12 16 11 14
Linear Density (bits/mm) 4880 7398 9638 13300?
Encoding RLL 1,7 PRML PRML PRML
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