|ULTERA BRINGS AWARD-WINNING ARRAY
CONTROLLER TECHNOLOGY TO DVD MARKET WITH NEW DVD-R MULTIMASTER
Signals Entry into New, Growing DVD Market
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.,... February 23, 2000 Ultera
Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, today announced
its entry into the burgeoning DVD-Recordable market with its new
array controller, bringing a new level of performance and flexibility to small-scale DVD
Ultera Systems, an acknowledged leader of innovative, award-winning
tape array controllers, is aggressively expanding its business into the DVD market, which
is projected to outpace the CD-R format in the coming year. Not new to the optical arena,
Ultera has deployed its advanced controller technology in optical storage applications for
years, in thousands of installations worldwide.
The DVD-R MultiMaster builds on Ulteras innovative array
technology implemented in the companys CD-R MultiMaster, and allows up to 12 DVDs to
be created in the time it typically takes to create a single disc. The unit supports up to
12 SCSI-based DVD-R drives from Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc., making
MultiMaster the ideal solution for companies with requirements beyond single DVD
replication but without the need for costly, high-volume disc duplication.
Pioneer was the first and is still the only drive
manufacturer to deliver SCSI-based DVD-R drives, and migrating Ulteras existing CD-R
array controller technology to the new DVD-R format was a logical, timely extension, said
Fred Bedard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ultera.
"DVD is poised to explode in all areas, as both a consumer and
computer storage format, and Pioneer delivered a breakthrough product," said
"The combination of Pioneer drives and Ulteras array controller opens up new
opportunities for innovation in the DVD marketplace."
DVD-Recordable is a write-once medium similar to the popular
CD-R format that can store any type of digital information such as video, audio,
images, multimedia titles and data files. DVD-R discs are usable on any DVD playback
device including DVD-ROM drives, DVD-Recordable drives and DVD video players, depending on
the type of data stored. DVD-R technology is ideal for testing and developing DVD
applications, and small-scale distribution of DVD content. It is also ideal for archival
storage of image, film or video data. In addition, since DVD discs are dimensionally
identical to CDs, they are compatible with a companys existing jukebox and changer
mechanisms, allowing DVD-R to be easily integrated into network storage and high-capacity
archival applications as a natural upgrade from CD-R technology.
The demand for DVD technology is booming. DVD video technology has
become the fastest-growing consumer electronics format ever, and International Data Corp.
projects that more than 19 million DVD-ROM drives will be shipped for computer
applications this year, a 300 percent increase from 1998. This strong demand for read-only
DVD formats is driving two of the main applications for DVD-R technology: beta testing of
DVD discs prior to final mastering and short-run duplication for distribution.
Until now, DVD duplication has been limited to two extremes:
recording one disc at a time or high-volume duplication services that require a complex
and expensive pre-mastering process. Ultera has solved this dilemma by leveraging its
patented array controller technology and Pioneers affordable
DVD-R drives to deliver
a solution that fits midrange, short-run DVD replication applications.
Ulteras DVD-R MultiMaster controller synchronizes the
duplication process to multiple drives with no performance degradation. The host computer
sees the controller as a single SCSI device, but up to 12 DVD-R drives can be connected
simultaneously, each operating at maximum data rates. This allows a dozen DVD copies to be
created in the same time required to produce a single disc. The
DVD-R Master controller is
also compatible with existing autoloader and library software, enabling each drive array
channel to control a media changer device to further extend the capabilities of the
The Ultera controller supports both recording modes on the Pioneer
DVD-R drives: disc at once and incremental writing. It is completely operating system- and
application software-independent, providing plug-and-play compatibility with all major OS
platforms, including Windows 95/98/NT, Mac OS, UNIX and Linux. It also works seamlessly
with all major DVD mastering software supported by the Pioneer drives, including
Daikins Scenarist* and DVD Rep* from Prassi Software, without the need for any
The DVD-R MultiMaster controller intelligently manages the DVD-R
array, ensuring that all connected drives are operating at maximum efficiency with
comprehensive diagnostic features that isolate a suspect drive, cable or array channel
interface and automatically disable the affected array channel. Until the repair is made,
all other drives on the array continue to operate unimpeded.
The DVD-R MultiMaster is designed to support current and future
evolutions of the DVD-R format. The firmware is flash-upgradeable to support recording
speeds beyond the current 8x (1.2 MB per second), when those drives become available.
Current Ultera CD-R Multi-Master customers can also upgrade their controller to DVD-R
capability with a new firmware update.
The DVD-R MultiMaster starts at an MSRP of $6,660 for a 5.25"
half height 5-channel internal controller and up to $15,725 (MSRP) for a 12-channel
controller, less DVD-R drives.
About Ultera Systems
Ultera Systems, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of RAID Tape Array controllers
and subsystems designed for high-speed backup, archive and high-speed data acquisition
applications. All industry standard tape drives, tape libraries and storage management
software are compatible with the Ultera Arrays. Its tape array product lines are marketed
under the trade names "Striper," "Imager," "LibraryMaster"
and "ShadowMaster," and sold through OEMs, VARs and Systems Integrators
worldwide. Not new to the optical arena, Ultera has deployed its advanced controller
technology in optical storage applications for years, in thousands of installations
worldwide. Ultera is based in Laguna Hills, Calif.
For further information, call (949) 367-8800, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Ultera's web site at http://www.ultera.com.
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