Sony AIT2 SDX-500c

Sony AIT2 AIT Tape Drive in our AIT repair service

The Sony SDX-500C drive uses data compression to achieve high capacity and high transfer rates. Actual capacity and transfer rate depends on the source file type.

The capacity ratings listed in the next subsection are based on a 230 meter tape AIT-2 cassette. The Sony SDX-500C drive is a high capacity data storage device using Advanced intelligent tape (AIT) technology. The Sony SDX-500C drive achieves high data integrity through read-after-write, an additional level of Error Correction Code, and other features.

The Sony SDX-500C drives provide MIC technology that automatically enhance reliability and performance. The Sony SDX-500C drives provide read and write capability for MIC user data area


Features of the drive

Major features of the Sony SDX-500C include:

• Capacity

25 Gbyte typical when using 170 meter tape AIT-1 cassette (SDX-T3N or SDX1-25C)

-Approximately 50Gbyte to 75 Gbyte with Data Compression

35 Gbyte typical when using 230 meter tape AIT-1 cassette ( SDX1-35C)

-Approximately 70 Gbyte to 105 Gbyte with Data Compression

50 Gbyte typical when using 230 meter tape AIT-2 cassette (SDX2-36C and SDX2-50C)

-Approximately 100 Gbyte to 150 Gbyte with Data Compression

• Sustained transfer rate – 4 Mbyte/ sec ( Approximately 8 Mbyte/sec to 12 Mbyte/sec with Data Compression )

When using AIT-1 cassette.

• Sustained transfer rate – 6 Mbyte/ sec ( Approximately 12 Mbyte/sec to 18 Mbyte/sec with Data Compression )

When using AIT-2 cassette.

• Supported Format : AIT-1, AIT-2

• Not compatible with the DDS and EXABYTE format tapes

• Burst transfer rate

12 Mbyte/ sec Asynchronous

40 Mbyte / sec Synchronous

• Large 10 MB Buffer Memory

• 3.5 inch form factor

• Embedded SCSI interface (Ultra/WIDE ,Single-ended or Low Voltage differential )

• Supports Variable or Fixed record length

• Supports SCSI Disconnection/Arbitration

• Read After Write (RAW) On and Off capability

• Read Retry On and Off capability

• Frame rewrite function

• Three levels of Error Correction Code (ECC)

• High Speed search (150 times nominal Read/Write speed)

• Random read, Append write

• Repeat Write option

• MIC Support (Automatic reliability and performance enhancement.)

• MIC Support (Read and write capability for MIC user data area.)

• Remote-MIC Support Ready

Chris Whitehead

Chris Whitehead is a tape drive repair and data storage expert based in Reading, Berkshire, providing tape drive repair and data storage solutions across the UK.