Grass Valley teams with Iomega for IT-based recording

Iomega REV drives, seen here incorporated into the Grass Valley Turbo iDDR, offer random access and data rates of up to 200Mb/s.

Thomson has entered into a joint technology development agreement between its Grass Valley business and storage media provider Iomega that will bring Iomega’s REV removable disk technology to a broad range of products. This will initially include built-in drives for the Grass Valley Turbo iDDR.

Under the agreement, which also includes an OEM component whereby Grass Valley will rebrand Iomega products, the two companies will also work to develop REV technologies for a broader set of professional applications. The new Turbo iDDR is part of Grass Valley’s ProLine for the professional audio/video market.

Thus far Iomega has sold more than 500,000 REV disks and 100,000 drives worldwide since its introduction last year. The technology includes standards-based removable disk media and drives. It offers a removable media cartridge and can store more than two hours of 25Mb/s SD or 45 minutes of 75Mb/s HD video.

REV drives and disks offer random access and data rates of up to 200Mb/s. The REV drive and removable disk media are also suited to long-term archival storage, with an estimated shelf life of more than 30 years.

Within the Iomega REV architecture, the cartridge holds the magnetic media and motor, while the recording drive heads and electronics are located inside the companion drive. This protects the data and keeps media costs down. Each REV disk features 35GB of storage and has a data transfer rate of up to eight times faster than comparable tape-based systems and up to five times faster than DVD.

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