Extension for Coded Interblock Gaps in Tape Storage Systems
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
In a tape storage system, it is suggested that the tape format utilize a relatively large interblock gap (IBG) by combining the coded pattern which forms the IBG with the coded pattern for an erased area (ERG), inserted as "filler". Since the read system has the capability to handle this same format, which occurs when a defect must be skipped or erased during a write operation, minimum impact on the design occurs to handle a large IBG, desired for low end products. The erase coded area may also be made variable to allow other entries in a product menu to use the IBG size, which is necessary to contain the start/stop distances required of various tape speeds and acceleration rates. This type of extended IBG coded format is also desirable to bracket the void created when writing in the start/stop mode.