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November 26, 1987

SYSGEN SHOWS HIGH-SPEED 3.5″ STREAMING TAPE DRIVE

By CBR Staff Writer

The high-speed streaming tape drive has followed the floppy disk into the 3.5 form factor courtesy of Sysgen Inc, Milpitas, California. The company’s Mini-Jet 3208 drive, manufactured and marketed by Sysgen subsidiary Stream Technology Inc, stores 110Mb on high-capacity tape cartridges that are manufactured by Pertec Peripherals’ new parent, Data Electronics Inc of San Diego. It is claimed to back up 110Mb of data in 22 minutes, transferring at 900 K-bytes-per-second against 250 K-bytes per second with first generation 3.5 tape drives. Available now with a QIC-36 interface, the half-height 3208 costs $295 in OEM quantities. A version with an SCSI interface is promised for early next year, but at a higher tag.

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