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Sony DIR120

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Item #:MO667206
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Model Description:
12 mm Helical ScanDigital Instrumentation Recorder up to 250 Gigabytes/tape,up to 120 Megabits/sec

Model Details

Combining all the demanding characteristics of both the highest-performance data recorders and today's cost-effective computer tape drives, Sony's DIR120 12 mm Helical Scan Instrumentation Recorder is a half-inch compact model featuring high-capacity recording, (250 Gigabytes/cassette) and a high data transfer rate (up to 120 Megabits/sec). And amazingly, for ultra-large archive applications, the DIR-120 can be mounted in PetaSite -- the DMS8400 Series tape robotic libraries -- to build enormous data storage systems. These systems can provide capacities of up to 14 PB -- huge enough to match any likely system requirements for today and tomorrow.


  • 12 mm Helical Scan Instrumentation Recorder
  • Variable-rate recording and playback at 0 Mbits/sec to 120 Mbits/sec
  • Storage capacity up to 250 Gigabytes on a single standard cassette
  • Utilized 8-bits parallel (ECL data and clock) data I/O
  • Controlled remotely via RS-232C or RS-422A
  • Incorporates both IRIG A/B Time Code as a standard feature
  • Fully compatible for playback on Sony's DTF-2™ computer tape drives
  • Support's Sony's PetaSite™ Mass Storage Automated Tape Libraries
  • Long recording time: 276 minutes for L-cassette and 82 minutes for S-cassette at 120 Mb/sec.
  • IRIG A or IRIG B time code interface: Both IRIG B time code I/O (100 b/sec) and IRIG A time code I/O (1 kb/sec) are provided as a standard feature; data is recorded on the helical track to offer precise search capability.
  • Compact design: Has the same space-saving mechanism as the GY-Series of DTF tape drives; they are easily installed alongside existing half-inch Sony recorders in tape-based robotic libraries such as the Sony DMS-B35 and PetaSite.
  • Data transfer rates of up to 30 MB/sec: High-speed, 8-bit Parallel I/O ports provides a variable data transfer rate of up to 120 Mb/sec; alternatively, the Ultra Wide Differential SCSI Interface features a burst playback transfer rate of 20 MB/sec; sustained transfer rates via this interface are 15 MBytes/sec.Read compatibility with DTF-2™: Read compatibility with the latest version of the Sony Digital Tape Format.
  • Remote control interface: Can be selected to either RS-232C or RS-422A to provide the appropriate interface for external equipment.
  • System flexibility: Three optional ports are available to provide communications controls, maintenance flexibility, and network support.
  • Storage capacity (formatted): L-Cassette: 250 GB; S-Cassette: 74 GB
  • Recording time: L-cassette: 276 min, S-Cassette: 82 min
  • Data transfer rate: Variable rate I/F: 0 to 120 Mbps; SCSI IF: 15 MB/s (sustained)
  • Buffer memory: 256 MB
  • Bit error rate: 1 x 10-13 bit or less
  • Recording media: 1/2-inch metal particle tape -- L-cassette: DI-250GL (250 GB); S-cassette: DI-74GS (74 GB)
  • Data: 8-bit parallel I/O: 8 bit parallel ECL differential; SCSI: Ultra Wide Differential SCSI (read only)
  • Time code: IRIG A and IRIG B (AC code) (BNC)
  • Remote: RS-422A or RS-232C (D-sub 25-pin)
  • Option: RS-232C x 2 (D-sub 25-pin); 10Base-T Ethernet
  • Power requirements: AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 400 Hz
  • Power consumption: 100 V 2.8 A/ 240 V 1.2A
  • Operating temperature: 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)
  • Operationg humidity: 20% to 80% (non-condensing)
  • Weight: 50.71 lb
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 12 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches (Excluding protruding parts)



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