Imation ships 9840 tape cartridge
Imation last month announced the commercial availability of its Black Watch half-inch tape cartridge for Storage Technology`s 9840 drive. Year-to-date, Imation says it has shipped some 600,000 9840 cartridges.
The Black Watch 9840 cartridge provides 20GB of native capacity (up to 80GB with compression). Its dual-reel, center-parked design helps sustain a 10MBps native transfer rate. Mid-point load im-proves search time and the speed of first access to data, which averages 8 seconds.
Other patented features include servo writing, flying tape guides, metal particulate formulations, and Media Information Regions, which document and track cartridge use for improved monitoring and management of both the drive and media. The 9840 cartridge is the same form factor as the 3480 and 3490, and is compatible with STK automated libraries.
The cartridge is also designed to be compatible with the next two generations of 9840 drives. Available through channel partners, the cartridge has a suggested retail price of $99.