Sony AIT-2 in volume shipments
Sony recently announced the immediate availability of its SDX-500C series of second-generation AIT products to distributors, resellers, and VARs. The series includes four models: the SDX-500C/BM, SDX-S500C/BM, SDX-500C/BB, and SDX-S500C/BB. The drives have a single-ended Ultra SCSI or LVD SCSI interface and are packaged with two 50GB cartridges; a 36GB cartridge is available for quicker access to data. Both cartridges can be read by AIT-2 drives at a 6MBps sustained transfer rate. The drives are read/write compatible with AIT-1 media, and are priced as follows: SDX-500C/BM (internal), $4,540; SDX-S500C/BM (external), $5,000; SDX-C/BB (internal), $4,830; and SDX-S500C/BB, $5,000.