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Raytheon Data Systems, Tape Drive Emulation

The TES-3 emulates reel-to-reel, half inch tape drives that connect to Raytheon Data Systems NRZI, PE or PE/NRZI Magnetic Tape Controller.


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The TES-3 is plug-compatible with the original RDS-500 tape drives, while using ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) to store data. Internal TES rotating drives (disk, tape & magneto-optic) can still be supported upon request.

These drives were used on computers made by Raytheon Data Systems, such as the RDS-500. Tape speed is typically 45ips, Start/Stop only. Recording densities from 800bpi NRZ mode to 1600fpi PE. The TES-3 can replace an existing drive and formatter. An existing formatter and its supported drive may be connected to the TES-3 using a special cable available from Arraid.

No host system software or controller changes are required to replace a refurbished 9 track tape drive with the TES-3.

The TES-3 provides a complete bridge between the original RDS-500 tape drives host controller and the TES's solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD).

Additional TES-3 options include disk to disk backup, disk to tape backup, AFD network (backup & restore) and mirroring. No refurbished SMD replacement can match the reliability, features and customer support provided by choosing the TES-3 to replace your aging and refurbished RDS-500 tape drives.

Additional TES-3 options include AFD network (backup & restore) offering Ethernet based tape data access, and replacement of tape reels with solid state ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) configured as a magneto optical or legacy PCMCIA flash card media. No refurbished Pertec interface tape drive can match the reliability, features and customer support provided by choosing the TES-3 to replace your aging Pertec tape drive.

The TES-3 is provided as new equipment, allowing customers to utilize SCSI drives or ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) installed in the TES-3, with MTBF of 200,000+ hours and significantly more when using the solid state AFD.

Contact Arraid today to learn more about new tape drive replacements for aging computer systems.


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