OAKDALE, Minn., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Imation Corp. (NYSE:
IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, today announced a
strategic relationship with Mtron Co., Ltd., a pioneer in Solid State Drive
(SSD) technology and performance. Together, the two companies will develop
and market SSD solutions with an initial focus on high-growth areas
including portable computing and enterprise markets. The strategic
relationship combines Mtron's leading technology innovation, R&D and
manufacturing with Imation's global marketing, distribution and technical
service expertise. Working together, the two companies will make an early
entrance in the SSD market with Imation brand SSD products "powered by
Mtron," to be released in the first calendar quarter of 2008.
"Solid state drive technology is quickly moving from niche industrial
markets to enterprise and mobile business applications due to its high
performance, reliability and energy efficiency," said Dr. Subodh Kulkarni,
vice president, Global Commercial Business, R&D and Manufacturing, Imation
Corp. "Mtron has taken an early lead with its industry-leading SSD
offerings. We are confident that the combination of Mtron's technology
expertise with Imation's storage expertise and global distribution
capabilities will quickly advance SSD in the enterprise and mobile
"Mtron has dedicated itself to advancing SSD technology and delivered
the fastest performing products on the market today," said Steve Jeon, CEO
of Mtron. "Imation's proven data storage leadership makes our strategic
relationship a natural fit as together we bring this superior SSD
technology to more users worldwide."
SSD is a data storage technology utilizing solid state memory. Without
motors or moving parts, SSDs are faster and more reliable than traditional
hard disk drives (HDDs), and also offer lower heat and noise generation
while providing greatly improved durability and shock resistance. Imation's
initial offerings will consist of two SSD product lines -- Imation SSD MOBI
3000 powered by Mtron for mobile and notebook PC users, and Imation SSD PRO
7000 powered by Mtron for enterprise computing users.
The Imation SSD MOBI 3000 provides maximum read speeds of 100MB per
second, maximum write speeds of 80MB per second, and random access time of
0.1ms, making it the fastest SSD product in the consumer market. It also
offers twice the boot speeds of current HDDs and works at significantly
faster speeds for large rendering tasks such as multi-tasking, Photoshop
and CAD. Because it uses flash memory for low power consumption, is quieter
and rugged for outside environments, the MOBI 3000 is ideally suited for
The Imation SSD PRO 7000 is a high performance flash memory storage
device designed to eliminate system bottlenecks often experienced with
conventional HDDs. Optimized for enterprise and IT infrastructure, the PRO
7000 can rapidly perform high capacity transactions utilizing Mtron's
unique controller technology with maximum read speeds of 120MB per second,
maximum write speeds of 90MB per second, and random access time of less
than 0.1ms. With an enhanced solid state design, the PRO 7000 provides
enhanced reliability and write endurance with wear leveling, bad block
management and error correction code. With a more than 45 percent reduction
in total cost of ownership as compared to conventional HDD-based systems,
the PRO 7000 can withstand external shocks and vibrations, and offers Mean
Time Between Failure (MTBF) greater than one million hours.
More information regarding regional product availability and
manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRPs) will be announced separately
in the coming months. For additional information about Imation's SSD
products, go to http://www.imation.com.
About Mtron, Co., Ltd.
Mtron Co., Ltd. is the new pioneer in the Solid State Drive (SSD)
world. Mtron is targeting wide application areas with its high performance
Flash SSD, ranging from the portable consumer electronics market such as
notebook PCs and camcorders to enterprise and the industrial high-end
market. For more information, visit http://www.mtron.net.
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?"
Imation is also the exclusive licensee of the TDK Life on Record brand, one
of the world's leading recording media brands. And as co-developer of
Nickelodeon's Npower brand of consumer electronics, Imation helps empower
kids of all ages to use the latest technology. Additional information about
Imation and its brands is available at http://www.imation.com or by calling
Imation, the Imation logo, Memorex, 'Is it live or is it Memorex?' are
trademarks of Imation Corp and its subsidiaries. The TDK Life on Record
logo is a trademark of TDK Corporation. All other trademarks are property
of their respective owners.
SOURCE Imation Corp.