Legacy Tape Drives 


Full IBM read compatibility (18-track)

Fujitsu’s low-profile M2488 tape drive is designed for high-volume near-line and off-line storage applications. Built for superior speed and reliability, the M2488 offers an easy, cost-effective way to optimize overall system performance and enhance productivity

18 Track Write: M2488E
The new M2488E/EA/EF tape drive reads and writes 36 track tapes in IBM compatible format. For maximum tape interchange flexibility, the new 18 track write feature allows writing tapes in 18 track format. This feature may be enabled from the operator panel or through a SCSI command by the initiator.Performance is the Key
The M2488 offers high-speed data access and rapid transfer rates in a compact, device-level tape drive. Fujitsu engineered this drive for optimal speed and efficiency when moving, storing, or accessing large blocks of data. The M2488 utilizes a range of high-speed, high-performance technologies to optimize data movement across the entire computer system — from off-line archives to on-line applications. The combination of faster data transfers, rapid search speeds, quick rewinds, swift positioning, short load/unload cycles, and effective buffering can virtually eliminate sluggish, peripheral-bound operations that can cripple system efficiency and productivity.

Easy Data Interchange
The M2488 employs ANSI-standard media with compression algorithms based on IBM 3480/3490E technology, assuring the easiest, most secure data interchange across complex computing platforms. That means important corporate data will always be available when it’s needed, even when it’s moving across mainframes, UNIX workstations, servers, distributed computing nodes, and an assortment of storage subsystems. And for systems already using 3480/3490E components, the M2488 is a perfect, low-cost, high-performance storage replacement solution.

Superior Reliability
In the computing world, Fujitsu has long been recognized as a leader in quality and reliability. The M2488 clearly demonstrates this long-held commitment, as demonstrated by the drive’s industry-leading mean time between failures (MTBF) and full two-year warranty.

The Flexible Storage Solution
The M2488 is available in a variety of configurations to accommodate a range of customer options. Both desktop and rackmount models can be configured with the following features and functions:

Automated Cartridge Loader (ACL) — provides the sequential or random processing of up to ten cartridges to support the unattended backup of a maximum of 24GB of data;

Flush-Mount Automated Cartridge Loader (FACL) — supports sequential or random processing of seven cartridges (16.8GB maximum), with the advantage of an automatic cleaning function;

Interface Personality Module (IPM) — this convenient feature enables the M2488 to support a variety of SCSI interfaces that can be easily configured to address current and future requirements; and

Seismic Data Feature (SDF) — this feature facilitates a Read-After-Write verification process of data written to tape. It is ideal for seismic and other applications where it is critical to ensure recorded data is not corrupted.



Features M2488
Data transfer rate
    Host 20 MB/s (burst, synchronous mode, 16 bit)
10 MB/s (burst, synchronous mode, 8 bit)
    Drive 3.0 MB/s (sustained — uncompressed)
    Controller 9.0 MB/s (sustained — 3:1 compression)
Recording capacity 1.2 GB with 545 feet (Single) tape and EDRC
2.4 GB with 1100 feet (double) tape and EDRC
Bit density 75,742 bpi
Number of tracks 36-track DD-NRZI (18-track serpentine)
Compression algorithm Compatible with IDRC compression (ANSI X3.225-1992)
Typical compression ratio 3:1
Host interface ANSI standard SCSI-2 (ANSI X3.131-1994)
Drive interface options SCSI-2, F&W (16 bit) single-ended
SCSI-2,F&W (16 bit) differential
SCSI-2, F&N (8 bit) single-ended
SCSI-2, F&N (8 bit) eifferential
Data buffer capacity 2MB (protected by CRC)
Write retry buffer 64KB (maximum) data blocks can be rewritten
No host intervention required
Tape speed Nominal: 2.0 M/s (78.6 IPS)
Search mode: 4.0 M/s (157.2 IPS)
Noise level Less than 50 dB
Dimensions (HxWxD)
Drive 5.0 x 8.5 x 15.7 in.
127 x 217 x 400 mm
ACL 5.0 x 8.5 x 8.9 in.
127 x 217 x 226 mm
   5-cartridge magazine 9.1 x 5.0 x 5.5 in.
231 x 128 x 139 mm
   10-cartridge magazine 15.3 x 5.0 x 5.5 in.
388 x 128 x 139 mm
FACL 10.0 x 8.5 x 12.0 in.
254 x 217 x 305 mm
   7-cartridge magazine 8.6 x 4.9 x 5.0 in.
218 x 125 x 126 mm
Drive 26.5 lbs.
12.0 kg.
ACL 11.2 lbs.
5.1 kg.
5-cartridge magazine
    without cartridge 2.2 lbs.
1.0 kg
    with cartridge 5.1 lbs.
2.3 kg
10-cartridge magazine
    without cartridge 3.3 lbs.
1.5 kg
    with cartridge 8.8 lbs.
FACL 23.3 lbs.
11.0 kg
7-cartridge magazine
    without cartridge 1.5 lbs.
0.7 kg
    with cartridge 5.3 lbs.
2.4 kg
Drive Performance
Load/unload time 13 seconds (typical)
Rewind time 3 seconds from EOT to BOT
EOT rewind time 55 seconds (typical) standard length tape
100 seconds (typical) double length tape
Access time 65 ms
Power-on time 40 seconds (nominal)
Options Desktop or Rackmount
External: Automatic Cartridge Loader (ACL)
Flush-mount: Automatic Cartridge Loader (FACL)
Mean time to repair (MTTR) Less than 30 minutes
Mean time between failures (MTBF) 50,000 hours
Head life 6,000 hours (50% duty cycle)
Mechanical life Loader/threader 200,000 cycles
ACL 100,000 cycles
FACL 200,000 cycles
Error Rates Read — One error block in 1011 bytes
Write — One error block in 109 bytes
Power Requirements
Input voltages 100 to 120VAC/200 to 240VAC
auto switching
Input frequency 50 to 60 Hz
Input power 150 Watts maximum
Heat dissipation 512 BTU/hour