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.