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Ciprico to Unveil 4Gb Fibre Channel Storage Solution

(April 16, 2005)

Ciprico Inc., a leading storage solutions provider for the data-intensive and high-performance digital media markets, today announced plans to introduce the broadcast industry's first entry-level 4Gb Fibre Channel storage solution for high definition (HD) editing. The company will unveil MediaVault 4105 and 4210 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company will exhibit in booth SL3628 at NAB and provide technology demonstrations by appointment at the Las Vegas Hilton, Suite 1969, East Tower.

   In making the announcement, James Hansen, Ciprico President and CEO, said, "MediaVault 4105 and 4210 represent a significant breakthrough in reliability and affordability in the broadcast and post-production industries. These products combine the latest 4Gb Fibre Channel technology with the entry-level ATA disk-drive solutions of the MediaVault product family. The result is extremely reliable performance at remarkably affordable price points."

   One of Ciprico's demonstrations at NAB will leverage multiple MediaVault 4210s to achieve 4K film resolution on the desktop. "Until now, true 4K resolution was technically possible but cost-prohibitive for most digital intermediate workflows," said Hansen. "MediaVault 4210 offers uncompressed HD and 4K film resolution for the desktop - at a price point never before achieved in the industry."

   In another demonstration, Ciprico will feature a turnkey non-linear digital editing system processing uncompressed video, consisting of a MediaVault 4105 connected to an Apple G5 workstation running Final Cut Pro with HD compressed content at 1080i 10-bit frame resolutions.

   The 5-drive, single-channel MediaVault 4105 will record and play back the highest-quality video, including 1080 HD at 10 bits in HDT mode--or up to six uncompressed standard definition video streams. MediaVault 4105 is capable of performance to 300 MB/second in RAID 0 mode and 240 MB/second in RAID 3 mode. The 10-drive, dual-channel MediaVault 4210 also supports 1080i HD at 10 bits in HDT mode and up to seven uncompressed standard definition video streams. It is capable of performance to 600 MB/second in RAID 0 modes and sustained performance of 350 MB/second in RAID 3 HDT mode. The performance levels achieved by both models are limited only by the performance levels of the disk drives themselves, so as new disk drive models are introduced, MediaVault will achieve even greater performance levels. Both models are compatible with Mac, Windows, Unix and Linux platforms, as well as major brands of video editing, capture and playback cards/devices, and can be configured in a variety of capacity options ranging from 800GB to 4.0TB.

   MediaVault allows users to select either RAID 0 or RAID 3, depending on the application. RAID 0 provides the maximum performance and RAID 3 provides protection against data loss if a drive fails. Additionally, users can configure HD-Turbo mode to ensure HD data rates are maintained throughout the entire formatted capacity of the array. And, in the unlikely event of a drive failure, MediaVault's highly efficient RAID engine rebuilds failed drives in the background.

   Leveraging Fibre Channel technology, the MediaVault product family provides users entry-level price levels with the added benefits of simpler installations, greater resilience to signal interference and greater cable distances for greater installation flexibility. MediaVault 4105 and 4210 support the multiple topologies of Fibre Channel and operates equally effectively in direct attached or storage area network (SAN) environments. 

   About Ciprico 

   Ciprico designs, manufactures and markets storage and system solutions for digital media applications within the broadcast and post-production, video security, and military and government market segments. Ciprico hard disk based storage solutions are designed to provide best-of-breed performance-based value for video-intensive broadcast play-to-air, non-linear editing, content creation and delivery applications. Ciprico is headquartered in Minneapolis, with a development and sales office in Agoura Hills, Calif., and sales and reseller offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. More information about Ciprico is available at and

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