8mm FORMAT

8 mm drives were originally introduced in 1986 by Exabyte Corporation with the EXB-8200 which was based on a transport mechanism that was designed for video storage.

The capacity of the drives increased over the years with the EXB-8500, 8505 and later Mammoth.

Sony entered the market with their AIT (Advanced Intelligent Tape) drives which started with the 25GB native AIT-1 and ended in 2006 with the 400GB native AIT-5.  AIT-6 was announced but never released.

Note –  The Flash Card based Magnetic Tape Replacement is available as a ‘Plug & Play’ replacement for the older Exabyte 8mm drives.

8mm - SDX-300C

8mm – SDX-300C

8mm - SDX-300C
Sony SDX-300C Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-1) drive

Sony’s Advanced Intelligent Tape(tm) (AIT) technology is the latest in a long line of innovative tape solutions developed and brought to market by Sony. Sony’s AIT drives are setting new standards for reliability, capacity and performance in today’s most demanding environments. Sony’s AT tape storage solutions provide the high capacities and performance you need to protect your data, plus the reliability that ensures its availability when you need it.

Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-1)
Compatibility The Sony drives are not compatible with either the older 8mm drives.
Storage Capacity 35GB native storage capacity, or 90GB compressed capacity in a compact external or internal drive with a 10MB/s sustained transfer rate (2.6:1 compression).
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 3 MB/sec uncompressed
7.8 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD or High Voltage Differential

Download the Sony AIT-1 Data Sheet in Adobe Acrobat® format (110kb).

8mm - AIT-2

8mm – AIT-2

8mm - AIT-2
The AMA-100000 offers a native capacity of 50GB and a compressed capacity of  130GB, with a data transfer rate of 6/15.6 MB/second!
Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-2)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-1
Storage Capacity 50GB native storage capacity,
or 130GB compressed capacity in a compact external or internal drive with a 15MB/s sustained transfer rate (2.6:1 compression).
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 6 MB/sec uncompressed
15.6 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD  – iSCSI interface are available.

Download the AIT-2 Data Sheet in Adobe Acrobat® format (92kb).

8mm - AIT-3

8mm – AIT-3

8mm - AIT-3
AIT-3
The AMA-200000 offers a native capacity of 100GB and a compressed capacity of 260GB, with a data transfer rate of 12/31.2 MB/second!

Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-3)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-1 and AIT-2
Storage Capacity 100GB native storage capacity, or 260GB compressed capacity in a compact external or internal drive with a 30MB/s sustained transfer rate (2.6:1 compression).
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 12MB/sec uncompressed, 31.2 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD – iSCSI interface units now available.

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8mm - AIT-4

8mm – AIT-4

8mm - AIT-4

AIT-4

The AMA-400000 offers a native capacity of 200GB and a compressed capacity of  520GB, with a data transfer rate of 24/62.4 MB/second.

Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-4)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-1, AIT-2 and AIT-3
Storage Capacity 200GB native storage capacity, or 520GB compressed.
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 24MB/sec uncompressed, 62.4 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD – iSCSI interface units now available.

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8mm - AIT-5

8mm – AIT-5

8mm - AIT-5
AIT-5
The AMA-800000 offers a native capacity of 400GB and a compressed capacity of  1.04TB (1040GB), with a data transfer rate of 24/62.4 MB/second.

Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-5)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-3,and AIT-4
Storage Capacity 400GB native storage capacity, or 1.04TB compressed
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 24MB/sec uncompressed, 62.4 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD – iSCSI interface units now available.

For more detailed information about this products, please Click Here.