Peripheral Vision Tech LTD (PV) (Reading UK), have developed a Solid state Tape drive with emulation capability aimed at Legacy systems. This is an RS422 tape drive with no moving parts in a 3.5” form factor. 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 RS422 interface and is a plug & play replacement for the STR-812 tape drive used in legacy systems.
- Solid state tape drive 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.
- -48V power is replaced by a conventional 110-220VAC power, via a standard IEC power cord
- DB37 RS 422 Rear connector.
- 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.
- Write Protect available either via a front panel switch or via the CF cards that come with integral Write protect switches.
- Existing STR-812 tapes can be copied to CF cards allowing future-proofing of existing backup data.
- PV 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.