The 3490-F1A is a 36-track Magnetic Tape Unit
component of an IBM 3494 Magstar Tape library.
The IBM 3490 Enhanced Capability (3490E) Model
F1A offers high-performance, high-reliability
3490 tape cartridge access in the 3494 library
at a low cost. Standard features of the Model
F1A Tape Drive are 18-track read and 36-track
read/write, 3480 and 3490 tape interchange, and
Improved Data Recording Capability (IDRC). IDRC
provides up to 2.4GB of capacity per tape
IBM 3490 Tape
The IBM 3490 is a family of Magnetic Tape Subsystems
designed to provide significant tape subsystem
performance and cartridge capacity improvements.
The 3490 Magnetic Tape Subsystem family offers
solutions to business requirements in the areas of
adaptability, maintenance, reliability and
availability, usability, and exploitation. All 3490
Magnetic Tape Subsystems can attach to multiple
processors and are supported by MVS, VM, AIX/ESA*,
AIX/6000*, and OS/400*.
The IBM 3490 family's innovative packaging
provides environmental characteristics that are far
superior to those of previous tape technologies.