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AEM-5C

Diablo/Pertec, RK-05 Cartridge Disk Drive Emulation

The Arraid AEM-5C system provides a new and warranted equipment replacement for early cartridge disk drives that adhere to the industry standard Diablo / Pertec interface, including the DEC RK05 and RK11 cartridge drives.

The AEM-5C is plug-compatible with the original aging SMD drive, while using ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) to store data.  Internal AEM rotating drives (disk, tape & magneto-optic) can still be supported upon request.

No host system software or controller changes are required to install the AEM-5C.

Get the AEM-5C Data Sheet


Manufacturer: Arraid, LLC

Product Details

The AEM-5C provides a complete bridge between Diablo, Pertec, DEC RK05, and DEC RK11 controllers allowing them to utilize SCSI drives or ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) installed in the AEM-5C.

While refurbished Diablo, Pertec, DEC RK05, and RK11 replacements are available, refurbished drives commonly fail within a few months resulting in system down time. The AEM-5C s provided as new equipment, allowing customers to utilize SCSI drives or ARRAID's proprietary solid state 'ARRAID Flash Drive' (AFD) installed in the AEM-5C with MTBF of 200,000+ hours and significantly more when using the solid state AFD.

Additional AEM-5C options include disk to disk backup, disk to tape backup, AFD network (backup & restore) and mirroring. No refurbished Diablo, Pertec, RK05, or RK11 replacement can match the reliability, features and customer support provided by choosing the AEM-5C to replace your aging cartridge disk drives.

Contact Arraid today to learn more about new drive replacements for aging computer systems.

 

Features

Features and Benefits

  • Sold as new equipment, replacing refurbished Diablo, Pertec, RK05, and RK11 drives with new data storage technology.
  • ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) option is a Solid State SCSI disk replacing traditional mechanical SCSI drives (DAT, QIC, Tape & Magneto Optical Disk)
  • Additional features such as network backup, mirroring, restore and removable media can be added.
  • The CompactFlash (CF) media in the ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD) is treated exactly the same as the floppy disk media. All drive data is stored on the CF media as if were the original diskette media.
  • AFD network feature option offers LAN network (ethernet-based) back-up and restore capability directly from the AFD using the on board RJ45 Network port. No additional software or register changes are required to the legacy host. Including ARRAIDs FLASH2GUI Software, an optional ethernet support feature for centralised backup and restore capability lessening the reliance to rotate media.  Network option only available on AEM with AFD network drive installed. 
  • Additional features such as backup and mirroring can be added.
  • Easy to install. No hardware or software changes required, other than the drive itself.
    • Can replace or be added to existing drives.
  • Operating system, application and diagnostic software are supported as is.
  • An LED or Alpha-Numeric Operator Panel provides the same controls as the original drive.
    • Minimal Operator training required.
  • High reliability with near zero maintenance required.
    • Greater computer system availability with lower cost of ownership.
  • Greatly reduced power consumption compared to the original drive.
  • AEM-5C data is stored to 3.5" magneto optical cartridges.
    • With disk head alignment no longer an issue, media may be moved from drive to drive without concern for readability.
    • MO media is archive quality, impervious to EMI, yielding both reliable media distribution and a 25+ year shelf life.
  • The AEM-5C is configured using internal software. The same unit can emulate a Diablo, Pertec, RK05, and RK-11.
    • System disk capacity may be increased if required.
    • Using the same AEM model for several drives limits the spares requirement.

 

For More Information

Get the AEM-5C Data Sheet

Learn how the AEM-5C replaces the Diablo Pertec cartridge drive interface using Disk Drive Emulation.

Unable to determine if the AEM-5C is right for your application? Contact Arraid representatives here

Can Replace

A Brief List of Some of the SMD Drives the AEM-5C Can Replace (Manufacturer and Drive Models) 

CA 52263 
CDC - hawk, Cyber 5700 
DEC - RK05, RK07 , RK11, RL01, RL02 
Diablo - 30, 40, 3000, 4000
GenRad - 179X 
Ferranti
Foxboro - Fox-1A, Fox-3 
Honeywell - 316 
Mitra
Nova - 4047 
Perkin and Elmer 
Pertec - D3000 
Sperry / Varian - 620
Wangco
Western Dynex 
Vermont Research - 8256 

Standard Models and Enclosures

AEM-5C Versions

The AEM-5 is only available in the fully cached, AEM-5C version. It can be configured to emulate most standard cartridge disk drives that adhere to the supported interface protocols.

Enclosures

TBA

Mounting for Primary SCSI Storage Device

The legacy disk drive image is stored on the primary SCSI storage device. ARRAID would reccommend our proprietary FPGA based ARRAID Flash Drive (AFD). AEM-5C Systems may be configured with either fixed or removable SCSI storage devices as the primary SCSI storage device. ARRAID FLASH Drive (AFD) are ordered separately. The AFD also offers  backup and restore networking. For **F enclosures, the drive is fixed mounted inside the system enclosure. **RM enclosures include drive bays for removable disk drive modules. The drive bays have a key lock switch for mechanical and electrical interlock.

SCSI Storage Devices

SCSI Storage Devices

An AEM-5C System always requires a primary SCSI storage device and may require one or more additional devices for split media support or internal copy/backup. Because of the variety of SCSI products available, all AEM SCSI devices must be defined separately from the AEM.

The suggested choice for the primary storage device is a the Arraid Flash Drive (AFD) . The drive may be in a fixed internal mounting or in a removable drive canister.

The solid state Arraid Flash Drive (AFD) can be configured as a Disk, Tape or Magneto-Optical drive and has proven successful as the primary storage device in many applications, especially when used in a fully cached AEM-5C.

Due to the relatively small capacity of emulated drives, their slow transfer rate, and need for a large number of removable cartridges, ARRAID Flash Drives (AFD)  have proven to be an Excellent as internal copy/backup devices, these drives and industrial grade CompactFlash (CF) media have the durability to perform well for many years.

Internal Options - Copy/Backup

The AEM-5C supports a number of internal options that provide the capability to copy the legacy disk image from the primary SCSI device to a second SCSI device. The copying takes place internally to the AEM, and is independent of the Customer's operating software or hardware. Usually used for system backup, these options can greatly reduce or eliminate the need for a magnetic tape drive on the system.

  • NETWORK FEATURE - AFD network feature option offers LAN network (ethernet-based) back-up and restore capability directly from the AFD using the on board RJ45 Network port. No additional software or register changes are required to the legacy host. Includes FLASH2GUI Software which is an optional ethernet support feature for centralised backup and restore capability removing the need to rotate media. Primary data storage is always written to the CF card. Only available on AEM with AFD drive installed.
  • Disk-to-Disk Off-Line Copy - Allows the User to clone emulated disk images from the primary SCSI device to a second, usually identical, SCSI device for backup purposes.
  • Disk-to-Cartridge Media Disk Off-line Copy - Allows the User to clone emulated disk images from the primary SCSI device to a second SCSI device, such as an MO cartridge disk, for backup or distribution of media among similar systems.
  • Disk-to-Tape Off-line Backup - Allows the User to create a backup copy of the emulated disk image on DAT.

Other Internal Options

  • Fixed/Removable Emulation - Emulates those drives where the drive capacity is split between fixed platters and a removable cartridge.
  • Multi-Volume Support - Allows storage of multiple legacy disk images on one SCSI device.
  • Multi-Drive Support - Allows one AEM-5C to emulate two sequentially addressed disk drives. Available only for emulation of RK-05s on the DEC PDP-11.
  • Interface Connectors - Several styles of interface connectors are available and should be ordered to match the existing cabling.

External Options

  • Interface Cables
  • Mounting Shelf

Contact Arraid Representative for advice and assistance in selecting AEM-5C Devices and Options.

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