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Medea video RAID arrays support PCIe-based G5

updated 04:55 pm EST, Mon November 14, 2005

Medea video RAID arrays

Medea Corp today announced that its VideoRaid Fibre Channel RAID arrays are compatible with the new PCI-Express based (PCIe) Power Mac G5s. Compatibility and data-transfer rates capable of sustaining HD (High Definition)_ for a variety of digital media applications are made possible with integration of the Ultra320 UL5D PCI Express SCSI host adapter from ATTO Technology. On the Fibre Channel side, ATTO's Celerity FC-42ES and FC-44ES storage adapters integrate with the Medea FCR2 and FCR2X arrays, delivering 4Gb Fibre Channel and support for PCI Express, the serial, high-speed connection.

The FCR2 features a single channel 2Gb Fibre Channel interface with sustained data-transfer rates of 180 MB/s while the FCR2X features dual channels and combined transfer rates of 320 MB/s--enough to sustain HD editing.

"Medea is pleased to support Apple's Power Mac G5 platform and the new Macintosh® PCI Express architecture and offer Fibre Channel and SCSI storage that is optimized for a variety of content creation and production post applications," states Martin Bock, President of Medéa. "Apple has established a dedicated and growing legion of video professionals in the creative space and reliable, powerful and scalable storage that seamlessly integrates with the G5 architecture is essential for their work. ATTO Technology plays a critical role in enabling this with cutting edge Fibre Channel and SCSI host bus adapter technology that ensures high bandwidth throughput without bottlenecks."

The rack-mounted Medéa VideoRaid RTR320 and RTR320X disk arrays features a single- or dual-channel high-performance Ultra320 SCSI interface; it can be configured with five or 10 SATA disk drive modules for storage capacities up to 4 terabyte (TB).

Both arrays feature Medea's proprietary Multi-Stream Technology (MST), a sophisticated stream-handling algorithm that works with the system's on-board caching RAID controller to support the simultaneous realtime playback of multiple streams of uncompressed Standard Definition (SD) and HD content. Combined with the ATTO Ultra320 UL5D SCSI host adapter it can delive transfer speeds of up to 640 MB/s--more than enough for realtime playback of two streams of uncompressed HD content and up to eight streams of uncompressed Standard Definition content (using the RTR320X).

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