Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has unveiled a rugged external drive and some new high capacity storage solutions aimed at audio/video professionals at this year's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. The new additions to the G-Technology range support Standard Definition, High Definition, 2K, or 4K post production workflows for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and a host of other post production software solutions. Interface options include FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and eSATA, with 3TB 7200 RPM Hitachi enterprise and desktop class hard drives playing a central role and various RAID configurations also on offer. The company has also announced that Thunderbolt I/O devices will be landing later in the year.
The new G-Technology range showcased at NAB 2011 kicked off with the G-DRIVE duro portable drive. This tough external storage solution has been designed for Apple Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air and benefits from a shock-resistant exterior, is pre-formatted for Macs and is Time Machine ready. The unit is bus powered and has FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. It's set for a June release and carries a suggested retail of US$149.99 for the 500GB and US$179.99 for the 750GB capacity versions.
Hitachi GST has added eight new G-Technology storage solutions to its range, all of which feature Hitachi 7200 RPM Deskstar or Ultrastar disk drives. The 9.25 x 5.125 x 1.82-inch (235 x 130 x 46 mm) G-DRIVE 3TB has an integrated heatsink for quiet operation, gets two FireWire 800 ports, a 3Gbit eSATA and a USB 2.0 port. Its SATA II hard disk is HFS+ formatted, but can be reformatted for use with Windows systems. This solution has been priced at US$449.99.
The 3TB RAID 1 G-SAFE solution writes data to two mirrored, 3.5-inch SATA II drives to help protect against loss due to hardware failure, and also benefits from 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. The 7.6 x 4.9 x 4-inch (193 x 127 x 102 mm) model has an LCD panel to the front to configure and monitor the unit, a built-in cooling fan, and an internal power supply. This one has been given a US$699.99 price tag.
At US$749.99, the 6TB RAID 0 G-RAID model has been developed to support multi-stream HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows. The 9.25 x 5.125 x 2.875-inch (235 x 130 x 73 mm) solution has an integrated thermo-regulated smart fan and benefits from 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity.
The G-Technology four-bay RAID solutions start with the 12TB G-SPEED Q at US$2,299.99. This 8.25 x 4.9 x 6.5-inch (210 x 124 x 166 mm) model has four connectivity interface options – 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 – and supports multi-stream SD and compressed HD workflows. There's RAID 0 or RAID 5 support, a smart cooling fan and hot-swappable hard disks.
Next up is the G-SPEED eS at US$2,499.99. If used with the optional G-Tech PCIe 4x RAID controller, the unit can be configured as RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD and supports multi-stream SD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed HD workflows. The 8.25 x 4.9 x 6.5-inch (210 x 124 x 166 mm) model includes a 3Gbit eSATA interface and has two smart cooling fans, and benefits from a browser-based user interface for monitoring and configuration.
The last of the four bay units is the 8.25 x 4.9 x 6.5-inch (210 x 124 x 166 mm) G-SPEED eS Pro at US$3,299.99. This model has a miniSAS connectivity interface, a browser-based user interface and supports multi-stream SD, ProRes 422, uncompressed HD & 2K DPX workflows. There is also an optional 2-port PCIe x8 RAID controller with 512MB onboard RAM that supports RAID levels 0,1,3,5 and RAID 6.
The last of the new storage solutions are offered in either 2U 12-bay or 3U 16-bay rack mount configurations. The OS independent G-SPEED eS Pro XL variety supports dual-stream 10-bit uncompressed HD and 2K DPX workflows and has both miniSAS host and expansion interfaces. There's also a browser-based GUI, redundant power supplies and an optional 2-Port mini-SAS PCIe Adapter with IOP RAID Engine.
The G-SPEED FC XL supports multi-stream ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD/HD & 2K DPX workflows and has an SFP to LC SAN ready, dual-channel Fiber Channel interface. There's a browser-based GUI and front panel LCD, dual redundant power supplies and its RAID controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6 and JBOD. Both rack mounted solutions can be scaled up to 36TB or 48TB capacities.
All G-SPEED RAID solutions feature Hitachi Ultrastar enterprise-class hard drives.
Hitachi GST also announced a commitment to support Intel's new Thunderbolt I/O technology unveiled by Apple earlier this year, promising transfer speeds up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The first products will be launched later in the year.
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