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8 mm wide magnetic tape cartridge for information interchange - Helical scan recording - VXA-1 format

2nd edition, December 2001

This Ecma Standard specifies the physical and magnetic characteristics of an 8 mm wide magnetic tape cartridge to enable physical interchange of such cartridges between drives. It also specifies the quality of the recorded signals, the recording method and the recorded format called VXA-1, and thereby allowing data interchange between drives by means of such magnetic tape cartridges.

This Ecma Standard specifies three types depending on the length of magnetic tape contained in the case, referred to as Type A, Type B and Type C.

Information interchange between systems also requires, at a minimum, agreement between the interchange parties upon the interchange code(s) and the specifications of the structure and labelling of the information on the interchanged cartridge.

If compression is used with this format, it shall be according to Standard ECMA-222.

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CategoryData interchange – magnetic tapes and cartridges

SubcategoryMagnetic tapes and cartridges

Technical CommitteeTC17 (this TC is no longer active)

ISO/IEC number20062


  • ECMA-316, 1st edition, December 2000Download