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Prior to this, Archive was a leading vendor of the very popular QIC (Quarter-inch cartridge) format which was a popular distribution format for UNIX workstations and servers. For example, Sun-3 (Motorola 68k family) and Sun-4 (SPARC) software was most commonly distributed on QIC media before the CD-ROM became more cost-effective. Archive was probably better known for their QIC drives.
- In 1989, Archive acquired Maynard Electronics. The MaynStream brand of tape drives and software was maintained.
- In March 1990, Archive acquired Cipher Data Products for $118 Million.[dead link] This included Cipher's subsidiary Irwin Magnetics.