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The ultra- portable DynaMO 1300 Pocket is just 15 oz light and 23mm thin, delivering 1.3GB of removable MO disk storage through its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 bus-powered interface.
With a 730-megabit MO disk priced at 3,500 yen, the camera can record about two hours of moving images and store up to 11,000 still pictures, the company said in announcing the product two months ago.
The MO disk is rated for up to 30 years, which makes it the only digital media considered by many to meet long-term archival standards that are common for patient records in the healthcare industry.
Because there is no single industry standard, an MO disk made on one manufacturer's drive cannot be read on another make of drive.
A 3 1/2-inch MO disk costs between $50 and $150, with the machines running it priced anywhere from $400 to $1,000.
The metal layers in an MO disk have magnetic properties which disappear when the material is heated to an elevated temperature, called the Curie point.
Plasmon will offer double sided 9.1Gb media in both rewritable and continuous composite WORM (Write Once Read Many) formats with the new MOD 910 MO disk drives.
I immediately copied every one of my MO disk files onto CD-R media before any new mishap could occur.
The companies said the new disk would not require new optical heads and retained current ISO/IEC standards for case and cartridge size and would therefore be backward compatible with existing MO disk systems.
announced joint development of an MO disk last year, but companies such as Fujitsu Ltd., IBM Japan Ltd.
Fujitsu will demonstrate how ultrasound and healthcare professionals can easily transport DICOM images and data on 3.5-inch MO disks (MODs) from medical imaging equipment to notebook PCs and workstations for convenient offline review at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2004 Conference and Exhibition, February 22-26 in Orlando, Florida.
The capacity of MO disks has doubled every two to three years, effectively cutting its cost in half with each generation; but hard disk capacity increases and cost decreases have doubled at intervals of less than 6 months over that 15-year period.