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  AS/400 Tape Library - mounted in 19" rack HW0268 Channel Attach
  In the early 1990s, IBM extended the capabilities of its 3480 product family by launching the 36-track 3490E drive and a new extended-length chromium dioxide tape. The 3490E provided 800MB of storage in the same cartridge format as the earlier 3480. With Improved Data Recording Capability (IDRC), introduced in 1986, the capacity of the 3490E was expanded to over 2.4GB, the highest data capacity at that time.

Over the following years many further models of the 3490 were announced, with enhanced capability models for AS/400, RISC System/6000 and open systems environments, rack mounted and desk-side versions and SCSI interfaces.
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