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Sonnet Launches Fusion F3 RAID Storage System

Sonnet Technologies‘ Fusion F3 is versatile hardware RAID storage system. The Fusion F3 encloses a pair of high-performance 3.5-inch SATA RAID drives to achieve 1TB, 2TB or 3TB configurations in a stylish aluminum and steel case that fits equally well in recording studios, high-end A/V racks and desktop or portable video editing systems.

The hardware RAID storage system is fast, rugged and quiet, and has the flexibility of a quad interface and the convenience of an integrated power supply. One or two Fusion F3 systems can be rackmounted in a 1U space.

Fusion F3-1TB, Fusion F3-2TB and Fusion F3-3TB are expected to be available in October 2008. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Hardware RAID
The Sonnet Fusion F3 is a two-drive hardware RAID system that supports fast (RAID 0), safe (RAID 1) and big (concatenated). The hardware RAID is OS independent and can be attached to virtually any computer or device.

Quad Interface
An eSATA interface is included for maximum speed, FireWire 800 for medium speed, and FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for flexibility.

Connected via eSATA and its drives initialized as a RAID 0 array, the Sonnet Fusion F3 can sustain read/write transfer rates of 165MB/s, fast enough to support multiple streams of compressed video editing.

Quiet Operation
Video and audio editors alike prefer drive chassis that are seen but not heard. Sonnet designed the Fusion F3 cooling system to be whisper quiet. Two thermally controlled fans move the same air as a single fan, but with nearly undetectable noise. The drives themselves are all that can be heard.

Integrated Power
A universal power supply is integrated inside the Fusion F3 chassis. There is no external brick to dangle or come unplugged. The 110-240V, 50-60Hz supply will operate worldwide with the appropriate standard power cable.

Rugged and Reliable
The rugged aluminum and steel case with internal shock isolation is designed for rough grip handling. Mounted side-by-side, each of Fusion F3’s drives is individually shock-isolated, virtually eliminating cross-coupled vibration—a potential source of soft-error-induced skipped frames in video capture and playback. Dual temperature-controlled fans with automatic failover help ensure system reliability.

Out of the box, Fusion F3 systems may be stacked on a flat surface, or stood on edge with the included stand. One or two systems side-by-side may be installed in a standard rack with the optional rackmount kit. The Fusion F3 is 1U high (1.75-inch), a half-rack wide (8.5-inch), and only 14.25-inch deep, perfect for even shallow racks. Front-mounted switches for power and drive configuration, as well as indicators for drive activity, drive fault, and power, are perfect for rack accessibility.

Elegant Industrial Design
Fusion F3’s attractive milled aluminum faceplate and metal controls lend it the appearance of an audiophile component. Blue LED indicators dance with activity, and may be dimmed for darkened A/V installations.

“Fusion F3 is an exceptionally versatile system that provides leading performance with a smart design and is ideally suited to the needs of professional storage and editing applications,” says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “This newest addition to our flagship Fusion product line features the look, feel and accessibility of a high-end A/V system component; the reliability and performance of a professional RAID storage system; and the flexibility, durability and package of a portable unit.”

Like all Sonnet products, Fusion F3 enjoys long-term support from a company with more than two decades in the computer performance enhancement business. As a provider of complete solutions, including controller cards, storage chassis, and tested hard drives, Sonnet provides a single point of support, thereby simplifying the purchase and maintenance of advanced storage systems.