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For those who are unfamiliar, its first commercial tape product, the 726 Magnetic Tape Unit, was announced more than 60 years ago. It used reels of half-inch-wide tape that each had a capacity of about 2 megabytes.
The new areal density demonstration represents a potential increase in capacity of 165,000,000 times compared with IBM’s first tape drive product. This announcement reaffirms IBM's ongoing commitment in magnetic tape technology.