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Removable Media Cartridge with Angled-Cartridge-Memory

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126848D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

There is considerable interest in having a solid-state cartridge memory which can be accessed by both (a) the drive and (b) the picker of an automated storage library. Currently, such a cartridge memory is a semiconductor chip with an L-C (inductor-capacitor) wireless antenna, which is oriented at a specific angle relative to the back side of the cartridge and the vertical plane. This angle can range between thirty-to-sixty degrees and it is typically at a forty-five degree angle. Directory information and cartridge capacity can be stored on this semiconductor chip. Typically, this semiconductor chip is employed in tape cartridges.

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Removable Media Cartridge with Angled -Cartridge-Memory

There is considerable interest in having a solid-state cartridge memory which can be accessed by both (a) the drive and (b) the picker of an automated storage library. Currently, such a cartridge memory is a semiconductor chip with an L-C (inductor-capacitor) wireless antenna, which is oriented at a specific angle relative to the back side of the cartridge and the vertical plane. This angle can range between thirty-to-sixty degrees and it is typically at a forty-five degree angle. Directory information and cartridge capacity can be stored on this semiconductor chip. Typically, this semiconductor chip is employed in tape cartridges.

This article proposes two new angles for the cartridge memory used in removable media, such as tape or optical disk cartridges. The first new angle is (a) at a forty-five degree angle and (b) in the vertical plane. The second new angle is a compound angle which is a further forty-five degree rotation compounded to the first angle. These alternatives to the existing angled cartridge memory provide design flexibility for future product implementations.

FIG. 1 shows removable media cartridge 100. Removable media cartridge 100 has cartridge bottom 101. Removable media cartridge 100 is preferably a tape cartridge. However, removable media cartridge 100 could alternately contain hard disk media, floppy disk media, solid-state memory, or optical disk media to include DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, and holography.

Internal to removable media cartridge 100 is brake release button 103 and sliding door 102. The media inside of removable media cartridge 100 is not shown, to permit discussion of the relevant features of cartridge 100.

Cartridge 100 also has cartridge memory 104 which is at an angle about the X-axis. This way, cartridge memory 104 can be accessed by both library picker...