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Preserving with magnetic tape

After more than 20 years of research on Barium Ferrite (BaFe) magnetic particles, Fujifilm set a world record for data recording density in May 2014. The data recording density achieved was 62 times greater than standard computer magnetic tape, representing a breakthrough for magnetic tape.

1.BaFe magnetic particles, revolutionizing recording media

Fujifilm breathed new life into magnetic tape with practical application of BaFe magnetic particles. The LTO6 magnetic tape produced by Fujifilm in 2012 has storage capacity of 2.5 TB and has been implemented globally in various industries, including research, government, medical, and finance.

In May 2014, unprecedented recording density was achieved, 62 times greater than standard computer magnetic tape. When this is applied commercially, a cartridge of magnetic tape that fits in the palm of your hand will be able to store approximately 154 TB of data. This data capacity is equivalent to 200,000 CDs or 154 million books.


2.Fujifilm technology, maneuvering ultrafine particles of a nano scale

To create magnetic tape with high recording density and large data storage capacity, technology is needed to make BaFe magnetic particles ultrafine and to uniformly apply them at a nano scale. One millimeter is equal to one million nanometers. To put this technology into perspective, it would be like figuring out how to distribute one liter of water evenly over four soccer fields. Fujifilm’s technology, which drove the evolution of photography film, shines here.

3.For the future of Big Data

Magnetic tapes don’t require a steady power supply like HDD, so both costs and CO2 emissions can be greatly reduced. They are also easy to manage because they are compact in size and able to store data for over thirty years, so magnetic tape is gaining prevalence as a recording medium.
Fujifilm holds top global share* as a computer magnetic tape manufacturer. Long dedicated to preserving memories in the form of photos, Fujifilm is looking to the future of Big Data from the front lines of magnetic particle research.*Manufacturer share, researched by Fujifilm