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Shipping AIT-5 Products
New Drives Deliver 400GB of Native Capacity per Cartridge and Backwards
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2006 –
Electronics is now shipping its fifth generation of Advanced Intelligent Tape
solutions and data media to OEMs as well as commercial and OEM distribution
a compact 3.5-inch drive form-factor,
AIT-5 technology is the industry’s first
tape-based technology to offer up to 400GB of native capacity (up to 1.04TB with
2.6:1 compression based on the ALDC algorithm) in a single 8mm media cartridge.
AIT-5 drives are read and write backward
compatible with standard read/write as well as WORM AIT-4, AIT-3Ex and
AIT-3 media, so users can smoothly migrate to
the higher capacity of
AIT-5 storage solutions without losing access
to, or compatibility with, data recorded on these prior generations of media.
an added level of data protection,
AIT-5 drives are multi-functional and support
Write Once, Read Many capability when using AIT WORM media. Both standard
read/write and WORM media cartridges are also now shipping to all channels.
full range of both OEM and Sony-branded
AIT-5 products are now available, including
internal drives, external drives, as well as desktop and slim 1U and 2U
rack-mountable automation solutions,” said Alan Sund,
Sony Electronics’ general manager for tape storage. “The addition of AIT-5
solutions to our lineup sets a new standard for capacity, reliability and
has worked closely with independent software vendors
to test and certify compatibility of
AIT-5 based products to ensure wide support and
full interoperability with industry-leading
backup and archival applications.