TE16 magtape drive
|Media:||1/2", 10-1/2" reel|
|Tape density:|| 800 bpi (NRZI)|
1600 bpi (PE)
|Tape speed:|| 45 ips (Forward/Reverse)|
150 ips (Rewind)
|Size:||19"W x 25"D x 26"H|
The improvements include:
- Improved G066 head read amplifier card
- New logic and write module, with auto-load
- New power and servo module with support for dynamic braking and auto-load
- New voltage regulator module with increased power output
- Various tape path improvements, including another roller guide
- Fixed take-up reel
- Snap-lock lower hub
It is able to store 5-46 Mbytes on a 2400' 0.5" wide tape, on a standard 10-1/2" reel. It supports 7-track operation at 200, 556, and 800 BPI, and 9-track operation 800 and 1600 BPI. The tape transport utilizes a single capstan, with vacuum columns.
- G066 - Read Amplifier (compatible with the earlier G056)
- M8916 - Logic and Write
- M8911-YB (M8931 in later models, required for TM03) - Slave Clock, Motion Delay
- M8912 - Slave Test Function Generator
The G066 and M8916 are hex cards; the others are dual. In addition, that backplane normally also contains three dual-high cards which interface to the drive bus:
- M8913 - Data driver
- M9001 - Bus Connector
- M9001-YA - Bus Connector
This set of three cards was later replaced with M9039. On the last drive on the bus, these cards are replaced with:
- M8913-YA - Data driver
- M9001-YB - Bus Connector
- M9001-YC - Bus Connector
Controllers and Drive Variants
The TE16 can also be used with one of the TM11 series of magtape controllers.
To connect to these controllers, in the first drive, the three dual-high bus interface cards (above) are replaced by an M8926 interface board; this produces a so-called TE10W 'Master' drive.(Details of the controller-Master interface are given here.)
Additional TE10W 'Slave' drives (essentially a plain TE16 drive), up to seven of them, may be connected to the TE10W Master drive.
Replacing the three dual-high bus interface cards with an M8927 interface board creates a TE10N negative bus 'Slave' drive; this drive can replace a TU10 Slave drive, and may be used any place a TU10 Slave would be (e.g. with a negative bus controller such as a TC58 OMNIBUS controller or TM10 controller).
Again, additional TE10W Slave drives (up to a total of 8 drives, including TU10 drives) may be connected to the TE10N Slave drive.