SOURCE: Advanced MicroSensors, Inc.

October 05, 2005 07:00 ET

Advanced MicroSensors Providing Volume Shipments of Recording Heads for Tandberg Storage's TS400 Tape Drive

SHREWSBURY, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 5, 2005 -- Advanced MicroSensors, Inc. (AMS) the world leader in magneto-resistive (MR) tape heads today announced that it is supplying MR recording head components for Tandberg Storage's Half Height LTO2 tape drive TS400. This drive is also sold through Tandberg Data under the model name Tandberg 420LTO.

AMS, a developer and producer of advanced thin-film micro-components and its strategic partner, Lafé Technology Ltd., who provides post wafer processing, assembly and packaging, are collaborating to produce MR tape heads to support Tandberg Storage's tape drive business.

"We are very pleased to provide MR recording heads for the 420LTO drive," said Dr. Gunther Baubock, VP of Advanced Development and Storage Products of Advanced MicroSensors. "Known for their reliability, Tandberg drives use magneto-resistive heads to achieve high capacity and transfer rates. AMS is proud to have met Tandberg Storage's stringent qualifications requirements and greatly values our partnership as a key supplier for this critical component."

"AMS delivers the key advanced thin-film head technologies that Tandberg Storage requires to meet our product roadmaps, including the recently announced TS400 half height LTO2 Tape Drive. In addition, AMS meets the high demands of Tandberg Storage's quality and supplier support standards," said Tandberg Storage's Ivar Miljeteig, Product Manager for the half height LTO2 drive.

"The 420LTO half height tape drive is a key product for Tandberg Data and we are very pleased that Tandberg Storage elected to use AMS and Lafé as the head supplier for this product", said Tandberg Data's Jack Robinson, Director of Strategic OEM Sales and Business Development.

About Tandberg Storage

Tandberg Storage is a leader in advanced tape drive design and manufacturing, focusing on effective, low cost design solutions and high product reliability. The company has one of world's most experienced groups of tape drive designers. The majority of the engineers previously developed SLRTM tape drives for Tandberg Data.

The corporate office is in Oslo, Norway. Tandberg Storage ASA is a publicly held company and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Thirty-four percent of the shares are owned or controlled by Tandberg Data ASA.

About Tandberg Data

Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier and manufacturer of professional tape information storage products based on the SLRTM, LTOTM, and DLTtapeTM, linear technology platforms. The company offers secondary storage products based on tape drives, autoloaders, libraries, media, software and disk based storage solutions for mainstream configurations.

In addition to corporate offices in Oslo, Norway, Tandberg Data ASA has subsidiaries in USA, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and Singapore, as well as branch offices in Italy, India, and China (PRC) Thailand and Brazil. Tandberg Data ASA is a publicly held company and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

About Lafé

Lafé Technology Ltd., founded in Hong Kong in 1982, is a leading company engaged in design and manufacture of recording heads and drive sub-assemblies for tape drives, recording heads and stack assemblies for hard disk drives, and 6 in-dash CD drive products. Manufacturing is conducted from Lafé Industrial Park in Panyu City, China.

About AMS

Formed in April 1999 and located in Shrewsbury, MA, Advanced MicroSensors is a leading U.S. manufacturer of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) and thin film tape head components for the IT markets. The company offers a single-site approach that takes integrated or discrete micro-electro-mechanical systems, sensors and data recording products from concept to commercialization. AMS is privately held and ISO9001 registered. For more information, please visit the company's website at

SLR is a trademark of Tandberg Data. DLTtape is a trademark of Quantum Corporation. LTO is a trademark of HP, IBM and Certance (Quantum Corporation). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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