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Sony SAIT Tape Drive

Sony’s new SuperAIT (SAIT 1) tape drives effectively leapfrog both Super DLT and LTO Ultrium technologies with a native storage capacity of up to 500 GB on a single tape. With compression, a whopping 1.3 Terabytes can be stored on a single cartridge! sony_sait_tape_drive
SAIT 1 Technical Specifications
Drive Type 5.25" full height tape drive
Capacity 500GB (native)
1.3TB (assuming 2.6:1 data compression)
Media S-AIT media: 600m AME, half-inch wide tape, single reel cartridge, R-MIC auxiliary memory
Interface Ultra 160 Wide SCSI and Fibre Channel models
Data Compression Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC)
Sustained Transfer Rate 30MB/s (native)
78MB/s (assuming 2.6:1 data compression)
Burst Transfer Rate Asynchronous: 12MB/s maximum
Synchronous: 160MB/s maximum
Average Media Load Time 23 seconds (with MIC)
Average Access Time 70 seconds
Search Speed 157 inches/s maximum
Rewind Speed/Time 551 inches/s maximum / 40 seconds maximum
Buffer Size 72MB
Uncorrectable Error Rate Less than 10-17 bits
MTBF* Greater than 300,000 hours (100% Duty Cycle)
Average R/W Head Life* Up to 50,000 tape contact hours
Average Media Uses* Up to 30,000 end-to-end passes
Memory-In-Cassette (MIC) Non-volatile remote memory-in-cassette (R-MIC) chip provides quick media loads and allows fast searches to data
Vibration (Operating) 0.25 G peak, sine wave of 5 to 500 Hz (swept)
Shock (Operating) 5.0 G peak, half sine wave of 3 ms duration
Head Composition Hyper Metal Trimmed Construction(write), New Super Laminate Head (read)
Operating Temperature 41°F to 104°F (5°C to 40°C)
Operating Humidity 20% to 80% (non-condensing)
Power Requirement DC 5 V +/-5%, DC 12 V +/-10% (internal)
Power Consumption 25 watts typical (during write)
50 watts maximum (during transition)
Dimensions, Internal 5.25" Full Height Extended / 146 mm W x 82.55 mm H x 300 mm D
Weight, Internal 8 lb. 4 oz. (3.74 kg)
*MTBF, head life and media use specifications are averages based on normal office environmental conditions. Actual experience may vary.
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