The WE2990A Magnetic Tape Drive utilizes a 4K (4096 byte - upgradable to 64K) buffer to read and write at the singular density of either 1600 BPI (bytes per inch) or 3200 BPI (bytes per inch) (630/1260 B/cm) with full saturation in the Phase Encoded mode. Tapes conform to the industry/military wide IBM/ANSI (American National Standards Institute) format conventions for nine-track tapes, and can be translated into most other nine-track formats with the appropriate conversion routines.
The WE2990A can process tapes with or without IBM/ANSI labels with the WE2990A Utility Programs Set. Non-standard labels and special applications must be processed with user-programmed routines using the General I/O statements.
S.H.A.D.O. TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION
The new Westbrook Electronics 2990A nine track reel-to-reel Magnetic Tape Storage Unit is a reliable, high speed digital input/output peripheral used primarily for static and remote storage and also interfacing other digital computer systems to the Westbrook Electronics CPU’s (i.e. WE500 series with a WE Digital Drum Storage System). The online storage capacity - per tape - is approximately 35 megabytes (35 million bytes). The raw data transfer rate (head/buffer) is 120 KBS (120 kilobytes per second). Data transfer to the CPU is limited only by the speed of the I/O Controller interface and/or CPU. The WE2990A can be utilized with any WE200-500 computer system CPU which contains a minimum of 64K bytes of memory, and supports the General Input/Output instruction set.
Please click on the image opposite to download the datasheet for the WE2990A Magnetic Tape Storage Unit datasheet, or click here to download the latest version of the declassified - but redacted - datasheet. The document is in PDF format.
NB: Please be aware that the technical information for the WE22990A M.T.S.U. has only recently been declassified, and is still subject to restrictions.