Super AIT tape technology breaks 1TB barrier


Super AIT tape technology breaks 1TB barrier

Sony has announced what it claimed to be the first production tape drive and cartridge that breaks the one terabyte capacity barrier.

Sony's San Jose-based Tape Storage Solutions Division said its Super Advanced Intelligent Tape (S-AIT) drive and cartridge, which sports a 500GB native capacity and a 1.3TB compressed capacity, will begin shipping to original equipment manufacturer partners this month.

S-AIT exploits Sony's midrange AIT technology, but in an extended 5.25-in. drive. As an example of the capacity of an S-AIT tape configuration, a 100-cartridge library could store up to 1.3 petabytes of data.

Standalone S-AIT drives are expected to have a price of $10,000, and automation-ready drives will start at an estimated $13,000.

Last week Quantum announced that it wanted to boost its Super Digital Linear Tape product to 640GB and 64MB/sec. transfer rates by mid-2003.

IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Seagate Technology are the leaders in market share in super tape drive technology, with linear tape-open (LTO) products. HP is expected to ship its second-generation LTO 2 product this month. It will have 200GB native capacity and about 30MB/sec. throughput. Sony's S-AIT drive also has a 30MB/sec. native throughput rate.

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