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Tecmar enhances WangDAT using DDS-4 format

Kevin Komiega

Tecmar Inc. of Longmont, Colo., enhanced its WangDAT line of 4mm DAT drives with the introduction of its first DDS-4 product, which it says provides 67 percent higher capacity and double the data rate performance of its previous line of DDS-3 products.

Based on the industry-standard DDS-4 format, the new WangDAT 9400 has 20G bytes of native capacity per cartridge with a data transfer rate of 2.75M bytes per second.

The WangDAT 9400 is the first product announced by Tecmar since Overland Data acquired the assets of Tecmar earlier this year.

However, Tecmar is not alone in the midrange to large departmental and application server environments. Compaq Computer Corp.'s DDS-4 drive also offers up a 20G byte native cartridge capacity but has a data transfer rate of 3M bytes per second. The SLR-60 tape drive from Tandberg Data Inc., has a 30G byte capacity cartridge, provided by Imation Corp., and a transfer rate of 4M bytes per second.

Tecmar's WangDAT also offers similar data compression capabilities to the Compaq and Tandberg devices, and supports all major operating systems and backup software, including products from Legato Systems Inc., Veritas Software Co., and Computer Associates International Inc.

The WangDAT 9400 also offers improved read-write heads, a 10M byte buffer, and a built-in, self-activated head cleaner with LED notification when cleaning is required. The DDS-4 from Tecmar also has the internal head-tape interface

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chamber sealed to eliminate dust contamination. These design improvements are enhancements over Tecmar's previous generation of tape drives.

Tecmar is offering the WangDAT 9400 DDS-4 drives (as well as the DDS-2 and DDS-3) as internal units or external subsystems. The WangDAT TS 9400 internal drive has an MSRP starting at $1,145 and will be available in early July 2000.


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