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Glyph Introduces GT 062 RAID and FireWire 800 Versions of GT Series

Glyph GT 062 RAID

At the AES 2006 convention, October 5-8 in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, Glyph will demonstrate the GT Series GT 062, a dual-drive tabletop unit designed for professional audio and video applications. The GT 062 supports three drive modes through the use of a rear-panel switch: JBOD, Spanning and RAID 0 (striping). The new GT 062 offers SATA drive technology, more connectivity options than Glyph’s GT 060BR and multiple configuration options in a smaller enclosure.

The GT 062 uses Oxford’s new 924 chip, which supports SATA drive mechanisms. Faster than traditional Parallel ATA (PATA) drives, Seagate’s SATA drives incorporate Native Command Queuing (NCQ). An algorithm that cuts down on extra arm motion, NCQ dynamically reschedules and reorders commands so that the heads travel less over the platters of the drive. Built into the drive, NCQ is said to improve efficiency and allow more data to be streamed from the drive.

The GT 062’s rear panel features two FireWire 800, one FireWire 400 and one USB 2 port. Glyph states that when connected via FireWire 800, the GT 062 has a data transfer rate of more than 80 MB per second. GT 062 includes a FW800 cable and a FW400 cable, and can be rack-mounted with Glyph’s optional rack kit. Available with capacities of up to 1.5 TB, it is constructed with durable stainless steel and has an internal power supply and quiet fan.

From top to bottom: Glyph GT 051, GT 103 and GT 205 enclosures

Glyph will also demonstrate new FireWire 800 versions of the GT Key, GT 051, GT 103 and GT 205. Building upon the original FireWire 400 GT Series drives and enclosures, the new FW800 versions offer the newest SATA drive technology and bus speeds roughly double that of FireWire 400.

The new GT Key FW800 hot-swappable hard drive is available in up to 750GB capacities and uses Oxford’s 924 chip to bridge Seagate’s newest SATA drives to FireWire 800.

Other hot-swap enclosures that Glyph has upgraded to FireWire 800 include the GT 051 FW800 single-bay tabletop hot-swap; GT 103 FW800 three-bay, single-space rack; and GT 205 FW800 four-bay, two-rackspace unit, which includes a SCSI/FireWire expansion bay.

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