Peripheral Vision Tech LTD (PV) (Reading UK), have developed a Solid state Tape drive with emulation capability aimed at Legacy systems. This is a Pertec tape drive with no moving parts in a convenient desk top enclosure. Data is stored on an industry standard industrial strength Compact Flash (CF) card, which can be easily removed, and treated as a replacement for the tape cartridge. The CF card can then be plugged into a Windows PC and the data archived. It has a standard Pertec interface and can be configured to replace those hard-to-find Pertec tape drives used in legacy systems.
The Pertec2Flash enclosure emulates a standard Pertec Tape drive to a Host. It has a Pertec interface on one side and a Compact Flash card on the other. It allows data to be written and retrieved to a Compact Flash (CF) card.
The CF card can then be removed as if it were a regular tape. Emulates a 1600 or 6250 bpi @ 50 ips ½” Pertec tape drive. Start/stop and streaming modes and on-the-fly commands are supported. The unit is mounted in a small desktop enclosure with universal PSU. Pertec connectors are at the rear.
- Solid state Tape that uses an industry strength standard Compact Flash (CF) Card as its storage.
- No Host software or hardware modifications are necessary. Plug & Play operation.
- The original drive can simply be removed and replaced by the FlashTape. Cable connectivity is the same.
- Tape capacities only limited by current CF cards (currently 256 GB).
- No moving parts. Rugged. Overcomes the reliability problems of ageing tape drives.
- Vastly improved reliability and MTBF over the original drive.
- Allows backup data to be stored on small and rugged media.
- Eliminates problems of slow backups shoe-shining the tape drive, which eventually leads to traditional tape failures.
- Removable low-cost Flash card can be treated as a single tape media, and then copied to a Windows PC.
- Write Protect available either via a front panel switch or via the CF cards that come with integral Write protect switches.
- Existing Pertec tapes can be copied to CF cards allowing future-proofing of existing backup data.
Peripheral Vision aim the product as a low-cost way to give extra life for Legacy Hosts which would otherwise need to use unreliable second-hand drives.