ISO/IEC 17913:2000

Information technology — 12,7mm 128-track magnetic tape cartridge for information interchange — Parallel serpentine format ISO/IEC 17913:2000

Publication date:   Jun 22, 2000

General information

90.93 Standard confirmed   Aug 21, 2020


ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 23 Digitally Recorded Media for Information Interchange and Storage

International Standard

35.220.23   Cassettes and cartridges for magnetic tapes



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This International Standard specifies the physical and magnetic characteristics of a magnetic tape cartridge, using a magnetic
tape 12,7 mm wide, so as to provide physical interchange of such cartridges between drives. It also specifies the quality of the
recorded signals, the recording method and the recorded format known as Parallel Serpentine, thereby allowing data
interchange between drives by means of such cartridges. The format supports variable length Logical Records, high speed
search, and the use of the algorithm for data compression specified in International Standard ISO/IEC 15200.
Information interchange between systems also requires, at a minimum, agreement between the interchange parties upon the
interchange code(s) and the specification of the structure and labelling of the information on the interchanged cartridge.
Together with a standard for volume and file structure, e.g. International Standard ISO 1001, this International Standard
provides for full data interchange between data processing systems.

Life cycle


ISO/IEC 17913:2000
90.93 Standard confirmed
Aug 21, 2020


Adopted from ECMA-278