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Standard ECMA-169
8 mm Wide Magnetic Tape Cartridge Dual Azimuth Format for Information Interchange - Helical Scan Recording

(June 1992)

This Standard specifies the physical and magnetic characteristics of an 8 mm wide magnetic tape cartridge to enable interchangeability of such cartridges. It also specifies the quality of the recorded signals, the format and the recording method, thus allowing, together with Standard ECMA-13 for Magnetic Tape Labelling, full data interchange by means of such magnetic tape cartridges.

It is based on ECMA-145, 8 mm Wide Magnetic Tape Cartridge for Information Interchange - Helical Scan Recording -, but uses Dual Azimuth Recording to allow the raw capacity to be doubled.

The format supports variable length Logical Records, high speed search, and the use of a registered data compression algorithm.

The following file can be freely downloaded:

File name Size (Bytes) Content
ECMA-169.pdf 4 479 736    Acrobat (r) PDF file

This Ecma publication is also approved as ISO/IEC 12246.

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