Imation Earns LTO Ultrium 4 Certification; Becomes First Supplier to Ship Cartridges

OAKDALE, Minn., April 26 // -- Imation Corp (NYSE:IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage media, today announced that it has received LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Ultrium 4 certification from Measurement Analysis Corporation (MAC), an independent testing board for compliance verification testing and the LTO Consortium. As a result of this certification, Imation is the first to begin shipping the new product worldwide to meet customer demand.

Customers have already expressed interest in the advantages that LTO Ultrium format generation 4 provides, such as the doubling of the storage capacity of LTO 3, improved transfer rates and encryption capabilities. LTO 4 features 1.6 terabytes compressed capacity and transfer speeds of up to 240 megabytes per second. For additional protection, the generation 4 format will allow LTO tape drive hardware-based writing of encrypted data to the tape cartridge.

A leading manufacturer of LTO generations 1, 2 and 3, Imation manufactures the generation 4 media at its state-of-the-art Tera Angstrom(TM) coating facility in Weatherford, Okla., the only facility in the world built specifically for terabyte-class tape manufacturing.

"The LTO format continues to thrive in the mid-range server environment, and our customers are telling us that they are interested in the benefits, such as higher speed, capacity and encryption capabilities, that LTO Ultrium 4 provides. That's why we are excited to be the first to ship this product generation," said James Milligan, general manager, Commercial and OEM Division, Imation. "By leveraging our proprietary Tera Angstrom manufacturing process, we are able to meet our customers' needs and provide the highest levels of durability and reliability available."

Imation LTO Ultrium generation 4 tape cartridges feature innovative and patented technologies that make Imation's LTO cartridges more robust than competitive offerings.

o Imation patented corner snap - Improves cartridge strength by keeping
the leader pin in place and the cartridge tightly closed in the event
of rough handling.
o Patented three-piece tape spool - Distributes stress more evenly over
the tape surface for better performance and longer archival life.

For more information on LTO Ultrium format generation 4 as well as Imation's other data storage offerings, go to

About Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology

LTO technology is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format developed and continuously enhanced by technology providers HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation (and their predecessors) to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout and error correction.

The LTO Ultrium format has a well-defined roadmap for growth and scalability. The roadmap represents intentions and goals only. There is no guarantee that these goals will be achieved. Compliance verification is vital to meet the free-interchange objectives that are at the core of the LTO Program. Ultrium tape mechanism and tape cartridge interchange specifications are available on a licensed basis. For additional information on LTO technology, visit the LTO Program Web site at

About Imation Corp

Imation Corp is the only company in the world solely focused on the development, manufacture and supply of removable data storage products spanning the four pillars of magnetic, optical, flash and removable hard disk storage. With more than 50 years of data storage leadership beginning with the development of the world's first computer tape, in 2006 Imation proudly marked its 10th anniversary as an independent company. In addition to the Imation brand, Imation Corp's global brand portfolio includes the Memorex brand, one of the most widely recognized names in the consumer electronics industry, famous for the slogan, "Is it live or is it Memorex?" Additional information about Imation is available at or by calling 1-888-466-3456.

Imation, the Imation logo, Tera Angstrom, Memorex and 'Is it live or is it Memorex?' are trademarks of Imation Corp and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Source: Imation Corp

CONTACT: Mary Rawlings-Taylor of Imation Corp, +1-651-704-6796,

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