today announced its Aluminum Ultra Cool series of FireWire storage enclosures. The enclosures store one to nine removable drive bays, and can be ordered unpopulated or equipped with drives up to 160GB in capacity.
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Granite Digital president Frank Gabrielli explained that the new Aluminum Ultra Cool product line addresses two primary market segments: removable storage for video editing and fault-tolerant RAID systems.
“At shows like NAB, customers see huge advantages in being able to edit their video on high-speed external FireWire disks using tools like Final Cut Pro 3. When they finish one project, they swap out the drive bay and put in a new one so they can work on another project,” said Gabrielli.
Each drive bay features Granite Digital’s FireVue 1394-IDE bridge controller. Based on Oxford Semiconductor’s ubiquitous Oxford 911 chip, the device uses Granite Digital’s own proprietary firmware and hardware enhancements to enable ATA-6 compatibility for hard drives larger than 137GB.
Granite Digital is demonstrating the Aluminum Ultra Cool Series at
NAB 2002, which takes place April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.