Glyph demonstrates FireWire 800 versions of GT Series 09/10/06
GT 205 Four Bay 2U Rack
Glyph have been demonstrating new FireWire 800 versions of
the GT Key, GT 051, GT 103, and GT 205 at the AES Show. 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.
At the heart of the GT Series, the new GT Key FW800 hot-swappable hard drive is
available in up to 750GB capacities, and utilizes Oxfordâ€™s 924 chip to bridge Seagateâ€™s
newest SATA drives to FireWire 800. Faster than traditional Parallel ATA (PATA) drives,
Seagateâ€™s SATA drives incorporate Native Command Queuing (NCQ). An algorithm that
cuts down on extra arm motion, NCQ dynamically reschedules and reorders commands
so the heads travel less over the platters of the drive. Built into the drive, NCQ can
improve the number of audio tracks that can be played.
Peter Glanville, Marketing Director for Glyph, told us, â€œIn an audio workstation
environment, we've seen a 15-20% track count improvement over the existing FireWire
400 GT Series products. That means more tracks per drive, more edits per track, less
spreading tracks across multiple drives, and fewer headaches trying to reassemble
sessions from multiple drives.â€�
Working in conjunction with the GT Key FW800, Glyphâ€™s hot-swap enclosures have also
been upgraded to FireWire 800. These include:
GT 051 FW800 single-bay tabletop hot-swap
GT 103 FW800 three-bay single-space rack
GT 205 FW800 four-bay 2U rack, which includes a SCSI / FireWire expansion
Both the GT 103 and GT 205 feature a front-panel accessible FireWire 400 convenience
port for connecting any FireWire 400 devices while the unit is racked, eliminating the
need for a FW400 to FW800 converter cable.
Glyph has designed the new products to work seamlessly with existing FireWire 400
environments. Using the time-tested Integrity FireWire hot-swap interface, Glyphâ€™s
existing FW400 and new FW800 GT Series drives and enclosures are cross-compatible,
which means upgrading to FW800 can be seamless.
Glyph say the new FW800 versions of the GT Key, GT 051, GT 103 and GT 205 include
everything youâ€™ve come to expect in the GT Series. Constructed with durable stainless
steel, enclosures have internal power supplies and quiet fans, and tabletops are rack
mountable with an optional rack kit.
Focused on keeping your studio quiet, GT Series internal frames are constructed with
sound-dampening metal to absorb drive vibration and reduce unwanted noise. For
additional protection during transporting, tabletops and GT Key hot-swap drives ship in
hard-shell plastic carrying cases.
Backed by Glyphâ€™s service and technical support, GT Series enclosures are
covered under warranty for three years. Hard drives come standard with an additional
Overnight Advance Replacement warranty in the first year. Pricing and Availability:
GT Series FW800 products will ship 4th quarter, 2006. More information: