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Standard ECMA-353
Data Interchange on 90 mm Optical Disk Cartridges - Capacity 2,3 Gbytes per Cartridge

(June 2004)

This Ecma Standard defines the characteristics of 90 mm Optical Disk Cartridges (ODC) with a capacity of 2,3 Gbytes per Cartridge. The Standard specifies only Type R/W for 2 048-byte sectors of such cartridge.

Type R/W provides for data to be written, read and erased many times over the entire recording surface of the disk using the thermo-magnetic and magneto-optical effects. It is also referred to as "fully rewritable". This Ecma Standard provides for 2 048-byte sectors only. All sectors on a disk are of the same size.

This Ecma Standard specifies:

  • the conditions for conformance testing and the Reference Drive;
  • the environments in which the cartridges are to be operated and stored; the mechanical and physical characteristics of the cartridge, so as to provide mechanical interchange ability between data processing systems;
  • the format of the information on the disk, both embossed and user-written; including the physical disposition of the tracks and sectors, the error correction codes, and the modulation method used;
  • the characteristics of the embossed information on the disk;
  • the magneto-optical characteristics of the disk, enabling processing systems to write data onto the disk;
  • the minimum quality of user-written data on the disk, enabling data processing
    systems to read data from the disk.

This Ecma Standard provides for interchange between optical disk drives. Together with a standard for volume and file structure, it provides for full data interchange between data processing systems.

The following file can be freely downloaded:

File name Size (Bytes) Content
ECMA-353.pdf 3 573 592 Acrobat (r) PDF file

This Ecma publication is also approved as ISO/IEC 22533.

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