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Appeared on: Monday, April 19, 2004
ASACA debuts Blue Laser libraries at NAB

Highlighting its position as a provider of next generation optical storage solutions to the professional broadcasting industry, ASACA Corporation will debut the industry’s largest blue laser-based library, the TeraCart®, in their booth #SL4342 during NAB 2004. Based on Sony’s Professional Disc for DATA™ drives, these new libraries offer more than double the capacity of red laser optical libraries and data throughput speeds comparable to tape-based solutions.

Incorporating blue laser technology into the flexible design of the award-winning TeraCart library opens entirely new possibilities in the way video will be managed. Blue laser technology with a shorter wavelength than red, can read and store data at much higher densities needed for high-definition recordings. For video recording and playback, the blue laser technology provides far greater recording capacity and bandwidth than conventional red laser.

With ProDATA technology, a single disc can store up to two hours of digital satellite high-definition programming at up to 11MB/sec, or 90 minutes of DVCAM material, or up to 45 minutes of MPEG IMX material recorded at 50 Mbps (55 minutes at 40 Mbps, and 75 minutes at 30 Mbps).

ASACA’s expanded line of TeraCart libraries integrating Sony’s professional-grade blue laser technology drives and ProDATA media are now available in three scaleable models; the AM80, the AM240 and the AM420 offering up to 1.8TB, 5.5TB and 9.8TB storage respectively. ASACA’s TeraCart AM Series with Sony blue laser and ProDATA technologies are expected to have a starting price of $20,000. Sony’s 5.25-inch rewritable and write-once ProDATA media stores up to 23GB on a single side and is now available for $45 per disc.


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