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What is SAIT technology?

SAIT technology is the latest concept in high-capacity and high-performance recording targeted at enterprise storage markets. SAIT technology utilizes a half-inch, single-reel cartridge and provides over twice the uncompressed capacity of the nearest linear half-inch tape drive.

When will SAIT-1 solutions be available to the market?

Sony expects SAIT-1 solutions to be available through its OEM partners starting in the Spring of 2003. Sony-branded SAIT-1 products are expected to start shipping by the middle of 2003.

What are the capacity and transfer rate specifications for SAIT-1?

The first generation of SAIT tape drives (SAIT-1) provides up to 1.3 terabytes (TB) of compressed capacity (500 gigabytes (GB) uncompressed) and a transfer rate of up to 78 megabytes (MB) per second compressed (30 MB/sec uncompressed).

Do SAIT-1 drives require new media technology?

No. SAIT-1 drives utilize the demonstrated capabilities of existing Advanced Metal Evaporated (AME) tape technology contained within a half-inch media cartridge. However, the SAIT cartridge is not compatible with other media in the market.

Are SAIT-1 drives and media currently in full production?

Yes. Sony began production of commercial SAIT-1 drives in February, 2003. SAIT-1 media entered full production in January, 2003.

Does Sony have a roadmap that outlines future generations of SAIT products?

Yes. Sony has an SAIT technology roadmap extending to four generations. The fourth generation (SAIT-4) technology is expected to deliver up to 4 TB of uncompressed capacity in a single cartridge (10.4 TB compressed). This roadmap continues Sony's commitment to try to double capacity and performance from generation to generation. The SAIT roadmap leverages existing R&D investments in high areal density recording.

What are the benefits of SAIT-1 over existing competitive solutions?

SAIT-1 drives and media provide significantly more capacity than is possible through linear recording technologies. This is the result of much higher areal recording densities achievable with helical-scan technology. By utilizing the media length and cartridge size of half-inch linear products, SAIT-1 is able to store over twice the native capacity in the same space.

Why did Sony choose a single-reel cartridge design for SAIT-1 media?

A single-reel, half-inch cartridge design offered the opportunity to minimize the cost of integrating SAIT-1 products into existing automation solutions, and also provided the optimum amount of tape media.

What does SAIT mean for Sony's AIT technology and its future roadmap?

Sony intends to develop and support AIT through at least a sixth-generation product to fill the gap between the desktop and enterprise markets. Utilizing a common areal density, a family of four SAIT members has been identified for possible future implementation.

Do SAIT-1 products incorporate Remote Memory-In-Cassette (R-MIC) technology?

SAIT-1 drives and media are equipped to support R-MIC, a chip built into the data cartridge for quick file location and simplified file management. Information from the R-MIC chip can be accessed without using mechanical connections, thereby improving reliability.

What are the benefits of SAIT-1 over the current generations of AIT?

SAIT-1 drives are specifically designed to offer high capacity and performance to serve enterprise-class applications while AIT solutions bridge the gap between the desktop and enterprise

How does SAIT-1 achieve such a high storage density in existing drive and media form-factors?

Utilizing a standard half-inch cartridge form-factor, SAIT-1 media is able to achieve much higher capacity through helical-scan recording technology. Helical-scan recording is characterized by the ability to record many more data tracks than linear, longitudinal recording. By utilizing the same amount of tape as half-inch linear products, SAIT-1 is able to store more than twice the native capacity in the same space.

Are there plans for SAIT-1 automated solutions?

Sony expects that most leading library manufacturers, including Sony's PetaSite family, will adopt and offer high-capacity automation solutions created around the SAIT-1 format. for current library/autoloader options!!

What does the introduction of SAIT mean for the storage industry?

SAIT provides a new benchmark for cost-effective tape storage and ensures the future economic viability of tape technology. Its extraordinary capacity and performance in a half-inch, single-reel form-factor design positions SAIT to effectively compete with the growth of hard disk drive capacities.

Why is it recommended that tape devices should not be connected to RAID controllers?

If a slow device (that is, a tape or tape library device), is connected to a high-speed, wide bus controller, the result will be anything from intermittent tape hardware errors such as "bad data" and CRC errors to "unable to space to end of data" errors and complete SCSI bus locks or resets. A bus reset may require a restart to get the tape device functionality returned to the system. This behavior is significantly increased when a RAID controller is the card of choice.

RAID controllers are capable of controlling multiple disk drives and they are, by nature, in a constant state of activity. This perpetual activity causes the tape device to "get lost" on the bus. In addition, RAID controllers are high speed, wide busses which have trouble communicating accurately with low speed, bus devices such as tape devices unless termination is very carefully done. Even under the circumstance of proper termination, the above mentioned errors will prevent reliable and successful device operations.

For these reasons, most controller manufacturers recommend that tape hardware not be placed on the same SCSI bus as the local hard drives, and that drive arrays should not share a RAID controller with tape hardware. Always consult the controller card manufacturer's recommendations when troubleshooting or planning a tape hardware configuration.


SAIT-1 Technical Specifications
Drive Type 5.25" full height tape drive
Capacity 500GB (native)
1.3TB (assuming 2.6:1 data compression)
Media S-AIT media: 600m AME, half-inch wide tape, single reel cartridge, R-MIC auxiliary memory
Ultra 160 Wide SCSI and Fibre Channel models
Data Compression
Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC)
Sustained Transfer Rate 30MB/s (native)
78MB/s (assuming 2.6:1 data compression)
Burst Transfer Rate Asynchronous: 12MB/s maximum
Synchronous: 160MB/s maximum
Average Media Load Time AIT23 seconds (with MIC)
Average Access Time 70 seconds
Search Speed 157 inches/s maximum
Rewind Speed/Time 551 inches/s maximum / 40 seconds maximum
Buffer Size 72MB
Uncorrectable Error Rate Less than 10-17 bits
MTBF* Greater than 300,000 hours (100% Duty Cycle)
Average R/W Head Life* Up to 50,000 tape contact hours
Average Media Uses* Up to 30,000 end-to-end passes
Memory-In-Cassette (MIC) Non-volatile remote memory-in-cassette (R-MIC) chip provides quick media loads and allows fast searches to data
Vibration (Operating) 0.25 G peak, sine wave of 5 to 500 Hz (swept)
Shock (Operating) 5.0 G peak, half sine wave of 3 ms duration
Head Composition Hyper Metal Trimmed Construction(write), New Super Laminate Head (read)
Operating Temperature 41F to 104F (5C to 40C)
Operating Humidity 20% to 80% (non-condensing)
Power Requirement DC 5 V +/-5%, DC 12 V +/-10% (internal)
Power Consumption 25 watts typical (during write)
50 watts maximum (during transition)
Dimensions, Internal
5.25" Full Height Extended / 146 mm W x 82.55 mm H x 300 mm D
Weight, Internal 8 lb. 4 oz. (3.74 kg)
*MTBF, head life and media use specifications are averages based on normal office environmental conditions. Actual experience may vary.































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