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Other Devices Using the Floppy Interface

Due to its universality, the floppy interface has been used by non-floppy-disk peripherals in the past. However, due to its slow speed, the number of devices that use this interface is quite small.

The most widely encountered peripherals that use the floppy disk interface are tape drives, in particular QIC or Travan drives. These are inexpensive, quarter-inch cartridge (QIC) tape backup units, that make use of the floppy disk interface since they don't require a very great amount of speed. Most of the newer types of drives require the fast 1 Mbits/second controller speed, as described here.

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