updated 08:40 am EDT, Tue June 18, 2002
Exabyte today announced the introduction of its second- generation VXA tape drive. The VXA-2 increases the capacity and performance as well as full read and write compatibility with VXA-1. The VXA-2 drive can record up to 160GB to a single cartridge ($27) at speeds of 12 MB/sec (with an average 2:1 data compression ratio). Three interface options will be available including Ultra2 Wide SCSI, IDE/ATAPI ($1000), and FireWire. Shipments to select channel and OEM customers began this month, while general availability to all customers is expected by September 2002.