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Exabyte Announces Industry's
First LVD SCSI Tape Drive
BOULDER, Colo., March 8, 1999 - Exabyte Corp. (Nasdaq: EXBT)
today announced that its award-winning Mammoth tape drive has begun shipping with an
optional low voltage differential (LVD) SCSI interface. LVD is the newest physical
interface in today's SCSI landscape. LVD provides many of the benefits normally associated
with high voltage differential, such as greater signal integrity, increased distances and
more devices per bus, while eliminating the related power and voltage issues.
In addition, LVD SCSI's multi-mode capabilities provide improved functionality. This
multi-mode capability makes LVD fully backward compatible with single-ended SCSI and
consequently, a direct replacement for the older single-ended technology.
"Mammoth drives with LVD will have the capability for multi-mode operation. The
drive will operate in either single-ended or LVD mode through a unique autosensing
capability," said Ken Cruden, director of storage media at Exabyte. "The drive
will automatically sense the type of bus it is attached to, either single-ended or LVD,
and make the appropriate connection."
LVD gives users several advantages over single-ended:
- Provides up to 25 meters in distance, compared to only six meters with single-ended
- Attaches up to 16 devices, compared to only eight devices with single-ended
- Provides greater signal integrity for faster and more reliable data transfers
- Compatible with Ultra2 devices
"Mammoth drives with LVD SCSI will be the only tape drives on the market that
won't degrade the performance of Ultra2 disk drives on the same bus," said Chris Ilg,
senior product manager at Exabyte.
Currently shipping, Mammoth drives with LVD SCSI have an MSRP of $3750. Fully kitted,
(with media, cleaning cartridge, cables, etc.), the same drive will retail for $3,965.