IBM unveils new 1TB tape drive

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Big Blue has unveiled a 1 terabyte tape drive capable achieving a native data transfer rate of 160 megabytes per second

The TS1130, which utilises existing 3592 and WORM cartridges, reportedly maintains backwards compatibility with generation 1, 2 and 3 formats.

The drive also supports data encryption and features a magneto-resistive head design that significantly reduces read errors.

According to Cindy Grossman of IBM, tapes offer the "most green and cost-effective form of storage [and] will enable clients to address their growing needs for affordable and robust data solutions".

The TS1130 will be available in September at a starting price of US$39,050.
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