G-Technology HDD Line Gains Thunderbolt Support At NAB

NAB is usually about high-end broadcast gear, but this time, there's a whole ton of peripherals making their debut as well. Hitachi's G-Technology line of HDDs is expanding this year, with a new 3TB 7200RPM drive used across eight G-Technology high-performing external storage solutions for audio/video (A/V) pros. The other major news is the addition of Thunderbolt support, which was developed by Intel and brought to market with help from Apple. These are just a few of the dozens of new HDDs with Thunderbolt ports, and we're sure that number will grow in due time.

Having a Thunderbolt external HDD will certainly make those major transfers easier to handle, and with Final Cut Pro X also coming out at the show, it sounds like a match made in heaven. There's a new G-Drive Duro portable drive, a ton of regular G-Drive units with varying capacities, and prices to hit just about every budget. The details are all displayed below, but make sure you budget for a new Thunderbolt-ready machine. Wouldn't want to miss out on all that extra speed, would you?

G-Technology Debuts Must Have A/V Storage Gear at NAB 2011

    * New tough and rugged G-DRIVE™ duro portable drive is the latest addition to the G-Technology family for capturing and transporting content in the field
    * Three terabyte (3TB), 7,200 RPM Hitachi hard drives are a main ingredient across eight G-Technology high-performing external storage solutions for audio/video (A/V) pros
    * G-Technology supports the new Thunderbolt™ technology developed by Intel® and brought to market with collaboration from Apple®. Stop by the G-Technology booth (#SL8805) or schedule an appointment to learn more about this new I/O technology and our plans.

2011 NAB Show
April 11, 2011 11:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LAS VEGAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--From digital film and video post production to broadcast and event videography, G-Technology is known for delivering premium external storage solutions that cover virtually every step of your content creation process. Whether you’re in the field or in the studio, G-Technology by Hitachi (#SL8805) is showcasing new and exciting products for 2011. Come see our new products for SD, HD, 2K, or 4K post production workflows for Apple® Final Cut Pro™, Adobe® Premiere Pro CS5™, or (insert your favorite post production software here). All made from the finest components – all aluminum enclosures, fastest interfaces, reliable hard drives, and latest chipsets – here’s a sneak peek of our lineup at NAB:

    * New Tough and Rugged G-DRIVE duro Portable Drive
      Rugged good looks and G-Technology’s known quality go hand-in-hand with the new G-DRIVE duro portable drive. This sleek external drive has a shock-resistant exterior that helps protect it in case it tumbles out of your gear bag while you’re shooting your next production. Pre-formatted for Macs, the G-DRIVE duro portable drive is FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 equipped, bus-powered and Time Machine™ ready. Offered in 500GB and 750GB capacities, the G-DRIVE duro portable drive will be available in June with an MSRP of $149.99 for 500GB and $179.99 for 750GB.

    * High Capacity, High Performance, 3TB, 7,200 RPM Hitachi Hard Drives
      If you’re looking for rock-solid, reliable and fast storage that can meet the rigors of your crazy production schedule, G-Technology is now serving up eight, new premium solutions that feature Hitachi 3TB, 7,200 RPM hard drives. The drives include the 3TB G-DRIVE ($449.99 MSRP), the 3TB RAID 1 G-SAFE™ ($699.99 MSRP), and the 6TB RAID 0 G-RAID™ ($749.99 MSRP), which all feature Hitachi’s reliable and award-winning Deskstar™ hard drives. G-Technology’s four-bay RAID solutions include the 12TB G-SPEED™ Q ($2,299.99 MSRP), the G-SPEED eS ($2,499.99 MSRP) and the G-SPEED eS Pro ($3,299.99 MSRP). G-Technology’s current line of professional 2U 12-bay and 3U 16-bay rack mount solutions – the G-SPEED eS Pro XL and G-SPEED FC XL – will be available in Q2 with 3TB drives, enabling up to 36TB or 48TB capacities. All G-Technology G-SPEED RAID solutions feature Hitachi Ultrastar™ enterprise-class hard drives for added durability and reliability at no extra cost.

    * Thunderbolt™ Technology – Faster, Simpler, More Flexible Device Interconnect
      Committed to delivering reliable, high-performance storage solutions to the A/V market, G-Technology is showing its support for Thunderbolt at NAB. Developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt is more than just another high-speed cable. Thunderbolt technology will set a new standard for media creators with dual channel, 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) performance and simultaneous support for PCIe and DisplayPort protocols over a single cable. At 10Gbps, Thunderbolt is twice as fast as USB 3.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800 – just imagine the outstanding results when saving or cutting through HD video. With official products launching later this year, come by G-Tech’s booth (#SL8805) to learn more about how Thunderbolt and G-Technology’s high performance RAID solutions can deliver new levels of performance, flexibility and scalability for your digital workflow.

Via:  Business Wire
rapid1 3 years ago

Thunderbolt will most likely join firewire in being a specialized outlet/interface. One big thing is the general public who is also the largest buyer in the PC market they've not heard of this. When they do hear about it and see it they will think it is USB. I am not saying I don't think it is somewhat cool. I am saying I don't have any peripherals that plug into it. I am not going to buy a system and then also have to buy all new peripherals for an interface. An interface is not a reason to me to base an entire system around.

Now if it were to be a financially sound reason it may be true, or if the advantages specifically are attractive or perform to a level that much higher than I can get with USB 3 or another existing standard maybe. That would still be to a specialized market sector though it seems to me. An external hard drive may very well be something to capitalize on, but E-Sata and USB 3 exist do the same and are already out there and have been so for over a year. Not to mention the performance advantage is not really great enough between the three.

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