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products Customized music via Quicktracks — At NAB, Smart- Sound (www.Smart- intro- duced Quicktracks, a cloud-based music customization service. Quicktracks gives SmartSound users creative con- trol over the com- pany’s extensive royalty free music library directly from the Website. Customization is easy: pros can create a new ac- count for free and access music al- bums or singles from SmartSound’s library. They can then set the precise length of a track, choose a musical arrangement and determine the in- strument mix over the Internet. Li- censed tracks can then be download in MP3, WAV, AIFF and OGG formats. Dell intros 17-inch mobile workstation — Dell’s ( com) new Precision M6600 17.3-inch high-end mobile workstation features second- gen Intel Core processors with options up to Intel Core i7 Extreme. Users choose between AMD or Nvidia graphics cards, with up to 2GB2 of dedicated memory. The M6600 can be configured with a choice of operating systems, including Win- dows 7 (Ultimate or Professional), Vista (Ulti- mate or Business) or Red Hat Linux V.6. DDR3 memory is expandable with four DIMM slots for up to 32GB3 of 1333MHz memory, or up to 16GB3 of 1600MHz memory. Configuration op- tions include the use of Nvidia Optimus technology, for man- aging graphics per- formance and ex- tending battery life, and AMD Eyefinity technology for support of up to five simultaneous displays when docked (three when undocked). A backlit keyboard is also an option for increased productivity. Wireless options include LAN, mobile broadband, WiMax and Bluetooth. And the optional touch display supports stylus and si- multaneous four-finger touch. The M6600 has been tested for extreme temperatures, vibration, dust, altitude and shock resistance. The quick removal bottom door allows for easy access to components. Weight starts at 7.77lbs. Rorke offers new RAID-6 device Rorke Data’s HP’s new ‘entry-level’ workstation — At NAB, HP ( showed off a new entry- level workstation within its Z-series family. The HP Z210 is available in a choice of form fac- tors and should be shipping now. The Z210 offers a 20 percent performance increase over the previous Z200 model. It features seven I/O slots; a choice of graph- ics options from AMD, Nvidia and Intel; and a 90 percent efficient power supply. The Z210 features Intel’s latest technologies, with a choice of high performance enterprise- class Xeon E3 and second-generation Core i3/i5/i7 processors. HP’s Performance Advisor Version 1.2 helps keep applications running smoothly and can show users the performance of the system’s different components. SSD drives are available as an option and USB 3.0 can also be added. HP is offering the Z210 in two different form factors. The CMT (convertible mini tower) is priced at $659, and the SFF (small form fac- tor), which is 65 percent the size of the CMT, is priced at $569. JMR shows SilverStor scalable storage — JMR (, which provides scalable storage solutions, launched a new product line at NAB. SilverStor is a direct-attached, high performance storage solution that features a SAS/SATA backplane, PCIe 2.0 connectivity to the host and PCIe expansion within the unit itself. Drives in the SilverStor are hot-swappable, SES moni- toring and reporting is included, and the system can be configured in a variety of ways. The boxes can also be quickly and easily expanded up to hundreds of ter- abytes while remaining in a one desktop footprint. JMR is targeting the SilverStor at colorists, editors and other digital content creators. The product line will be released in 4-, 8-, 10- and 18-bay expandable units when it ships in Q2. Pricing starts at $3,000. (www latest model within its Galaxy storage product line is the Aurora 36, which is optimized to support high-resolution M&E creation workflows. The solution can be positioned as a direct-attach RAID system or used with most high-perfor- mance SAN apps. Rorke states that the Galaxy Aurora 36 is robust enough to support three simul- taneous streams of 2K video and is well suited for the storage-intensive DPX-based work- flows inherent to the post process. The Aurora 36 provides RAID-6 storage to support multi-stream, frame- accurate, shared file-based work- flows. A single 4RU RAID box offers a sustained transfer rate of more than 4,000 MB/sec. Its 108TBs of capacity breaks down to just 50 cents/GB. Beyond its ca- pacity and speed, the Aurora 36 pro- vides comprehen- sive management features, including a Zero Impact Drive Rebuild feature that can keep a studio running at full band- width should a drive failure occur. May 2011 • Post 43 EDEN PRAIRIE, MN — R N O R T H R I DG E, C A OUND ROCK, TX F OR T COLLINS, CO C HA TSWOR TH, CA

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