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NAB: new 4TB G-RAID Pro, RAID-1 mobile storage, more

updated 09:35 pm EDT, Mon April 14, 2008

G-Tech revs storage at NAB

G-Technology on Monday added a new G-RAID Pro drive to its product line, increased the performance and quiet operation of its G-RAID drive, and added RAID 1 protection and eSATA connectivity to its G-RAID mini portable drive. The company's triple interface G-RAID Pro solution features FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connectivity and storage capacities up to 4TB to handle both the bandwidth and storage-intensive requirements of compressed HD formats. The on-board hardware RAID controller supports both RAID 0 and fail-safe RAID 5 operation with auto-rebuild functionality, and utilizes four hot-swappable 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s disk drive modules.

Like its G-RAID counterpart, the storage device supports multi-stream DV, HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 & uncompressed SD workflows using high-performance Hitachi 7200 RPM SATA II drives w/up to 32MB cache. The storage unit features an integrated cooling fan for long life and reliable operation. It is expected to ship in June in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB configurations with prices starting at $1000.

The company's third generation G-Tech G-RAID 3 drive now features a quad interface (high-speed 3Gb/s eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0) with performance up to 120MB/second and storage capacities up to 2TB. It uses the latest-generation Oxford 936 chipset in a RAID 0 configuration, which supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of video in Final Cut Pro, Premiere and Media Composer/Xpress Pro. It features a new soft on/off power switch and quieter "smart" fan. It is expected to ship in May in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities with prices starting at $500.

G-Technology also debuted its all-new G-Tech G-RAID mini 2 drive, which now features both RAID 0 and fail-safe RAID 1 operation. The quad interface solution is designed as a portable storage system for safe guarding content downloaded in the field from solid-state based cameras. It features a compact footprint and tough, all-aluminum enclosure and is capable of delivering 100+ MB/second transfer rate when used with eSATA port in a RAID 0 configuration. Eliminating the need to carry an external AC power supply, the G-RAID mini 2 drive is FireWire or eSATA bus-powered. It is expected to ship in June in 500GB, 640GB and 1TB capacities. Pricing will start at $600.

All G-RAID products come with a standard three-year factory warranty and unlimited free technical support.

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