Sony Adds SATA Interface to its AIT Turbo line

January 18, 2006

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Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading supplier of electronic and computer products for consumers and business, today announced that its parent, Sony Corporation, is one of the first tape drive manufacturers to offer a range of tape drives that support the Serial Advanced Technology Architecture (SATA) interface. Adding SATA connectivity extends the versatility and value of its Advanced Intelligent Tape(tm) (AIT) Turbo drives with new AIT-1 Turbo and AIT-2 Turbo.
"The introduction of SATA AIT Turbo drives demonstrates our
commitment to remaining at the forefront of the tape
industry and providing our customers with solutions that are
flexible, cost effective, and offer true value across
various applications," said Tim Algate, Product Manager,
Storage Solutions, Business & Institutional Division,
Broadcast Communication Solutions Group, Sony of Canada Ltd.

"SATA AIT Turbo drives are a key component in enabling and
driving the industry's efforts to achieve a true SATA-based
disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) architecture. Uniting disk and
tape, along with the capabilities of SATA, is a great boon
for budget-constrained, performance-starved storage
administrators who know that tape storage coupled with hard
disk drives in D2D2T configurations provides the best
attributes of disk, with the economy and scalability of
tape."

"The increasing adoption of SATA drives into enterprise
storage is enabling lower cost storage solutions," said
Robert Amatruda, Research Manager, IDC. "SATA-based backup solutions, such as Sony's AIT-1 Turbo and AIT-2 Turbo
drives, further streamline the cost of backing up SATA-based
storage solutions by eliminating the need for SCSI or FC
adapters in server-attached configurations."

SATA AIT Turbo drives offer a range of capacity and
performance options. AIT-2 Turbo drives feature an 80 GB
(gigabyte) native storage capacity (208 GB using 2.6:1
compression) and a fast 12 MB/second (megabits per second)
sustained native transfer rate. AIT-1 Turbo delivers a 40 GB
native storage capacity (104GB compressed) with a 6
MB/second sustained native transfer rate. In addition, the
thin SATA cables create an interface that is easy to
implement into existing network infrastructures. AIT-2 Turbo
drives also offer WORM capability, allowing small to mid-
size companies to easily deploy best practices to assist
them in their compliance efforts.

SATA-based AIT-1 Turbo and AIT-2 Turbo drives are currently
available for evaluation to Sony customers. Sony-branded
SATA drives are expected later this month and will be
available through Sony's extensive channel of commercial
distributors, value-added resellers (VARs) and systems
integrators. The manufacturers' suggested list pricing is as
follows:

AIT-1 Turbo, internal SATA interface drive (model
AITi100-ST) - MSRP of $1,200; and
AIT-2 Turbo, internal SATA interface drive (model
AITi200-ST) - MSRP of $1,700.

Sony currently offers a three-year limited warranty and a
one-year advanced exchange with its branded AIT tape storage offerings.



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