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New blue-laser Afterburner drive stores 23GB

updated 12:55 am EDT, Thu August 12, 2004

23GB FW800 Afterburner has introduced its new , the latest generation of blue laser-based Professional Disc for DATA (ProDATA) drives as well as new FireWire 800 repeaters and new FireWire 800-based hardware RAID solutions. Based on blue laser technology, the AfterBurner stores up to 23GB of native capacity per rewritable or write-one, read-many (WORM) single-sided media, delivering an advanced optical storage and archiving solution for professional data-intensive applications. It is available now with pricing starting at $3000.

The high capacity and high performance AfterBurner drives are designed specifically for professional audio/video editing/authoring, storage applications, graphic design and medical imaging, e-mail archival, enterprise content management and multimedia projects. The AfterBurner drive features a durable, airtight structure to prevent dust particles from coming in contact with the drive mechanism and disc surface, increasing durability and reliability, while still offering the convenience of removable optical storage. This optical solution allows for high-speed random access of files, making it suitable for both near-line and archival storage applications.

The product line includes 2- and 4-bay customizable external FireWire 800/1394b configurations, as well as an internal SCSI version. The 5.25-inch internal UW-160 SCSI drive can be integrated into external subsystems, high-end workstations, servers and automated libraries. In addition to the 23GB per disc optical storage capacity it features up-to 11MB per sec sustained read and 9MB/second write transfer speeds.

The external FireWire 800 model of the 2-Bay AfterBurner drive is available for $3,200 (NAVAF20), while the internal SCSI kit (NAVAFINT) is $3,000. The external USB 2.0 and SCSI models cost $3,000. Professional Disc for DATA media are $45 for both the write-once version (PDDWO23) and the rewritable version (PDDRW23).

The company also introduced a new 8-port FireWire 800 Professional Hub/Repeater for $160 as well as its new Vanguard Series of FireWire 800-based Professioinal Hardware RAID solutions, which are available in 2- and 5-bay models. The 2-bay enclosure kit, featuring both USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity, offers optional hot-swappable is available for $470 and ships in either RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations and optionally with a more quiet fan as a $35 option (14dBA vs 35 dBA). The 2-bay model is also available in 240GB ($680), 480GB ($780), and 500GB ($960) capacities.

by MacNN Staff





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