Jun 16, 1998
Currently commanding the second largest share of the worldwide DAT market with its award-winning Scorpion line, Seagate is a leading producer of internal and external DAT drives sold to resellers and VARs, for integration into server and workstation products and to leading OEMs like Gateway, IBM, Intergraph and Sun Microsystems. The Company's Scorpion 24 drive recently earned Windows Magazine's 1998 Win100 award.
Seagate's DDS-4 drive will adhere to the definitions set forth by the DDS Manufacturers' Group. The specifications require that all DDS-4 drives achieve 20GB native capacity on a 150-meter DDS-4 tape and transfer rates between 1MB/s to 3MB/s (native). The drive will be designed to be backward-read-compatible with DDS-DC and read-and-write-backward compatible with DDS-2 and DDS-3 format tapes. Seagate is expected to make a detailed product announcement sometime in the first half of 1999.
``Seagate will continue to deliver solutions to customers who depend on DAT to protect the valuable information they rely on every day,'' said Kevin Perry, senior director of Marketing and Business Development for Seagate Tape Operations. ``With up to 40 Gbytes of capacity, high data integrity, quick transfer rates, and products from multiple sources based on open standards, DAT continues to offer solid value and performance for PC servers and workstations.''
DDS-4 achieves its high capacity with an increase in tape length, a 25 percent reduction in the width of the tracks and a tighter specification for the required straightness of the tracks.
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