Fremont, CA--January 27, 1997--SyQuest Technology (Fremont, CA) announced that it is shipping its 3.5-in., 1.5 Gbyte SyJet drive in volume.
SyJet supports application users with a maximum sustained read/write data transfer rate approaching 7 Mbytes per second, and an SCSI burst rate of 10 Mbytes per second. Seek time is among the fastest available at less than 12 msec.
New external configuration features, first introduced in June with the new EZFlyer 230, include a slim-line external chassis, a one-touch, auto-eject button located on the front of the drive, an electronic power button located on the side, and a see-through window in the top of the drive. The internal 3.5-in. form factor SyJet 1.5 also includes the one-touch, auto-eject button on the front bezel for easy cartridge removal.
SyJet's first available retail configuration is the internal SCSI (for PC or Mac systems), and an external portable Parallel Port version will ship with weeks, to be followed soon after by an internal enhanced IDE version.
The drive carries a one year warranty, and the cartridges carry a limited lifetime warranty. They also carry a high reliability rating of 250,000 hours mean time between failure.
SyJet internal SCSI units have MSRP of $399; external portable SCSI configurations will sell for $499. The Parallel Port package, which includes an external portable SCSI drive bundled with a parallel port converter cable, is priced at $529. Quantity-based OEM discounts are available. Individual SyJet 1.5 Gbyte data cartridges have an MSRP of $124.95. A three-pack is priced at $299.95.
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