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Read-Rite ShipsTape Heads for Half-high DLT Tape Drive

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Read-Rite Corporation today announced that they have begun volume tape head shipments for Benchmark Storage Innovations, Inc.'s ValuSmart Tape(TM) 80, the industry's first half-high DLT tape drive.

"We are excited to provide enabling technologies to Benchmark's ground breaking new offerings," said Craig Cocchi, Read-Rite's Vice President and General Manager of Tape Head Business Unit. "We are pleased to extend and strengthen our ongoing relationship with Benchmark as one of their strategic suppliers for their rapidly growing line of DLT ValuSmart Tape products."

The ValuSmart Tape 80 features DLT technology's first half-high, 5.25 inch form factor and offers 80 GB of compressed capacity and a 6MB/second compressed transfer rate. Now storage servers or workstations can be backed up on one single tape cartridge housed in the server itself. Its soft unload capability was designed specifically for automation. Along with leading price/performance metrics, the ValuSmart Tape 80 offers organizations a clear migration path because it is read-compatible with the DLT1, DLT4000, and utilizes DLTtape(TM) IV media.

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