The Digidesign 64-Bit Expansion Chassis, designed and built by MAGMA, expands the capabilities of Pro Tools|HD Accel systems by compensating for the PCI slot limitations typical of most host computers, giving users access to necessary DSP and video power needed.
The chassis supports up to seven Digidesign PCI cards: a Pro Tools|HD Core card and/or HD Accel cards and legacy HD Process cards for additional mixing and processing power. The chassis offers high track counts in the Pro Tools|HD environment, and ships with a 400-watt power supply and extra cooling.
MAGMA’s patented PCI Expansion Technology is incorporated into a short “universal” PCI card, extending the PCI bus outside of the host computer. An included 1.5-meter flexible cable provides a high-speed communication link from the host computer to the chassis, providing up to a 264MB/second data transfer rate between the computer and the hardware within the chassis.
Expanding a Pro Tools|HD system is via installing HD Accel cards into the chassis’ slots, rebooting the host computer and launching Pro Tools; no special software is required.
Other features include seven 64-bit/33MHz expansion slots and support for Digidesign’s AVoption|XL system. The chassis works with Digidesign-approved Pro Tools TDM systems.