Aiwa goes retail with 10GB tape drive

Posted on May 01, 1998


Aiwa goes retail with 10GB tape drive

Taking aim at removable storage vendors such as Iomega, Aiwa America plans to ship a 5GB (10GB with data compression) Travan-based tape drive to the retail channel sometime in July. Expected to be priced at $149, or one cent per 3MB in full capacity, the new Bolt drive uses Travan technology with Aiwa`s own recording format. The one-inch-high drive is compatible with Travan TR-3 cartridges in both 750-foot and 1,200-foot tape lengths, although the cartridges need to be reformatted. Rather than a floppy-drive interface, Bolt uses an ATAPI (EIDE) bus interface, and does not require an additional card slot. The drive is bundled with Seagate Software`s Backup Exec software. An external version is due in the third quarter. www.aiwa.com/csd.

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