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Primera Technology Announces the Signature IV

Primera Technology has announced the Signature IV CD color printer. Signature IV can print directly onto printable-surface CD-R and DVD-R media. The printer features 1200 x 1200dpi resolution, delivering 1.44 million pixels per square inch. Users can select from four distinct print modes, which determine the level of speed and print quality desired. The Signature IV features built-in PrimaColor color-matching software. The printer also features an early-warning ink-level monitoring system, which tells the user how much ink remains before a run of disc is started, and estimates how many actual discs can be printed. Drivers for Microsoft Windows are included, and the system also ships with “SureThing First Edition for Windows,” a design program created for 120mm discs. Primera’s Signature IV is available at an MSRP of $1,495.

(Primera Technology, Inc., Two Carlson Parkway North, Plymouth, MN 55447-4446; 763/475-6676; Fax 763/475-6677; http://www.

MediaFORM Announces the cdDIRECTOR2000

MediaFORM has announced the release of cdDIRECTOR2000, a Java-based CD-R publishing station. The cdDIRECTOR2000 includes MediaFORM’s “anti-piracy” SmartDRIVE technology, which includes electronic watermarking, copy protection, SmartMEDIA, frame-accurate recording, audio click detection, SmartRID, and SmartSTAMP. Users can initiate CD-R disc-on-demand compilation from a network interface, including a Web browser. The technology allows one-off CD duplication and publishing from either local or remote locations. The cdDIRECTOR2000 is built upon Windows NT workstation and requires no additional computer. The cdDIRECTOR features a 500 CD spindle capacity, eight SmartDRIVEs, Windows NT, a Java-based client, and SmartPrint optical alignment. The device also features scalability of up to 16 drives and two thermal printers, asynchronous functionality, eight-job simultaneous processing, and unlimited job queuing.

(MediaFORM, Inc., 400 Eagleview Boulevard, Suite 104, Exton, PA 19341; 610/458-9200;

LaCie Announces FireWire DDS-3 Tape Drive for the Mac

LaCie has announced the FireWire DDS-3, a FireWire Digital Data Storage (DDS) tape drive for the Macintosh. The LaCie FireWire DDS-3 provides a compressed capacity of 24GB, and stores data at 70MB/min. Read-after-write verification is carried out automatically. The drive delivers up to 300,000 hours MTBF, and includes a TapeAlert firmware technology that automatically diagnoses tape- storage problems. The drive is also backward-compatible with older DDS, DDS-DC, and DDS-2 format tapes. LaCie’s FireWire DDS-3 tape drive is available at an estimated retail price of $799, and ships with Dantz’ Retrospect backup software, one 24GB cartridge, a cleaning cartridge, and cables.

(LaCie, Ltd., 22985 N.W. Evergreen Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124; 503/844-4500; Fax 503/844-4593;

Ultera Announces RAID Controller for Optical Drives

Ultera Systems has announced Stor2, the first in a series of products to combine RAID technology with optical devices. Stor2 allows for simultaneously recording two copies of DVD-R, DVD-RAM, CD-R, or Magneto-Optical (MO) media at the full speed of the drives. The controller works with both standalone drives as well as library systems. Host computers see the paired drives or libraries as single SCSI devices which operate at full speed. The system is fault-tolerant, as the failure of one drive does not affect the operation of the other. Ultera’s Stor2 RAID controllers are priced at $1,500 in OEM quantities (100 units).

(Ultera Systems, Inc., 26052 Merit Circle, Laguna Hills, CA 92653; 949/367-8800; Fax 949/367-0758;

Medéa Announces New Video Servers, Partnership with Transoft Networks

Medéa Corporation has announced the availability of VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx. VideoRaid fc and VideoRack fcx are SAN-ready Fibre channel RAID solutions for digital content creation and Internet streaming media applications. VideoRaid fc is a four-drive desktop model, while VideoRack fcx is a dual-channel, 19-inch rack-mount system which supports up to eight removable drive modules. Both devices offer sustained data transfer rates of 65MB/sec (per channel in the VideoRack fcx), and capacities of up to 600GB. Medéa’s VideoRaid fc disk arrays are available in capacities of 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, and 300GB, and have list prices starting at $2,699. VideoRack fcx disk arrays are in both four- and eight-drive models, and are available at a starting list price of $4,399.

Medéa Corporation has also announced that it has partnered with Transoft Networks to create a SAN solution. The shared storage solution incorporates Medéa’s new VideoRaid fc fibre-channel disk arrays, four Macintosh workstations running Final Cut Pro, and Transoft’s high-speed FibreNet SAN solution. “Customers in both established and new markets can benefit from SANs since they now have an attractive shared storage solution for a relatively low investment,” says Akila Krish, business manager of Transoft Networks.

(Transoft Networks, 602 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103; 800/949-6463, 805/883-4300; Fax 805/883-4387; Medéa Corporation, 5701 Lindero Cyn Road, Building 3-100, Westlake Village, CA 91362; 818/597-7645; Fax 818/597-7643;

CD CyClone

Announces 16X FireWire CD-R Drive

CD CyClone Duplication, LLC has announced the CDRevo FireWire Drive with 16X CD-R write capability. The CDRevo also features 10X rewrite and 40X read speeds. The drive includes BURN-Proof technology, which helps to eliminate buffer underrun errors. CD CyClone’s CDRevo FireWire package is bundled with CD mastering software, drives, and media, and is avail- able at an estimated retail price of $399.

(CD CyClone Duplication, LLC, 1582 Park Way Loop, Suite K, Tustin, CA, 92780; 714/247-0099; Fax 714/247-0080;

EMC Releases RDRAM-Based

NAS Server

Rambus, Inc. has announced that EMC Corporation is shipping an RDRAM-based NAS solution. EMC’s CLARiiON IP4700 NAS server incorporates Intel’s 840 chipset, and supports 2GB of RDRAM memory per storage processor. RDRAM devices feature data transfer rates of up to 800mHz, and enable the dual Rambus channel to achieve up to 3.2GB/sec (1.6GB/sec per channel).

(EMC Corporation, 35 Parkwood Drive, Hopkinton, MA 01748; 508/435-1000; Rambus, Inc., 2465 Latham Street, Mountain View, CA 94040; 650/944-8000; Fax 650/944-8080;

StorLogic Introduces the StorCom.e NAS 5000 Appliance

StorLogic, Inc. has introduced its new StorCom.e NAS 5000 appliance. The StorCom.e NAS 5000 features StorLogic’s TurboCache and Virtual File System (VFS) technologies, as well as the Universal Data Format (UDF). TurboCache mirrors CD/DVD disc images to a hard disk for faster access. StorCom.e NAS 5000 ships with SerView, StorLogic’s platform-independent NAS management software.

(StorLogic, Inc., 100 Technology Park, Suite 175, Lake Mary, FL 32746; 877/786-7564;

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