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Promise Technology’s Pegasus R6

STORAGE

High-Speed RAID
Promise Technology’s Pegasus R4 and R6 (www.promise.com) are the first four-bay and six-bay high-performance hardware RAID solutions designed to unleash the power of Thunderbolt technology. Video-editing professionals can ingest, edit and play back multiple streams of uncompressed HD (8-bit and 10-bit) video, while protecting valuable workflows, and other creative media content, with Promise’s award-winning, enterprise-level, RAID 6 engine. The Promise R4 is a 4 TB RAID that retails for $1,149, and the R6 is a 6 TB RAID that retails for $1,799.

Portable Storage
LaCie’s Little Big Disk (www.lacie.com) is the first portable solution to feature the 10 Gbps speeds of Thunderbolt. This next-generation Little Big Disk is the first product in LaCie’s series of high-end Thunderbolt solutions. Designed for the most demanding applications, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows and professional storage users. It offers ultrafast data transfers, complete system backup in minutes and faster content editing than ever before. The 1 TB Little Big Disk retails for $399 and the 2 TB for $499.

AJA Io XT

Sonnet Fusion’s D800TBR5 8-drive RAID 5 desktop storage system (www.sonnettech.com) featuring Thunderbolt technology includes a high-performance internal RAID controller that supports RAID 5 for great performance and file protection in case of a single drive failure, plus JBOD for maximum flexibility. Drive configuration is managed through a simple-to-use application. Available in 8 TB, 16 TB or 24 TB configurations, Fusion D800TBR5 is backed by Sonnet’s five-year pro storage warranty. The Sonnet Fusion D800TBR5’s price varies with drive size and configuration.

The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD (www.elgato.com) is the fastest single-drive storage solution for a Thunderbolt- equipped Mac or PC. Using a Solid State Drive (SSD), it dramatically outperforms state-of-the-art portable FireWire or USB drives, achieving transfer rates of up to 270 Mbps. Elgato Thunderbolt SSD is available in 120 GB for $420 and 240 GB for $700.

VIDEO CAPTURE

Blackmagic Design’s Ultrastudio 3D (www.blackmagic-design.com) is an innovative video capture and playback device that uses Thunderbolt technology. It’s compact, portable and affordable, yet has high performance for SD, HD or 2K capture and playback that Hollywood film, broadcast television and postproduction markets demand. Ultrastudio 3D even supports two streams of full resolution video up to 1080p HD for new stereoscopic 3D workflows! The retail price for the Ultrastudio 3D is $995.

Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio 3D

AJA’s Io XT (www.aja.com) connects to your Mac with a single Thunderbolt cable and provides a second Thunderbolt connector for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt-enabled devices, making it perfect to use on set or in the edit suite. Io XT features 3G/Dual-link/HD/SD-SDI, Component Analog and HDMI connectivity.

Io XT features full 10-bit, broadcast-quality, motion-adaptive SD to HD up-conversion, HD to HD cross-conversion, HD to SD down-conversion and automatic HD/SD 12-bit component analog output. Since all conversion functionality on the Io XT is hardware-based, it’s available all the time on ingest or playback. The retail price for the Io XT is $1,495.

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