LaCie started the new year by announcing new products and partnerships aimed at helping professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. Premiering at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, new LaCie storage solutions range from a 2TB RAID subsystem for video pros to a unique direct-disc labeling technology on d2 DVD burners and a real-time MPEG-1/2 encoder to a portable 40GB hard drive for direct playback of multimedia files on any standard TV.
New LaCie solutions include:
LaCie Biggest F800: LaCie unveils a higher level of data protection with the new Biggest F800 RAID subsystem for professional use, offering secure storage for up to 2TB data. Available spring 2005.
LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW Double Layer with LightScribe: LaCie and LightScribe are partnering to offer direct-disc labeling drive for both Macs and PCs. Specially configured LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW Double Layer burners now offer the ability to burn precise, iridescent labels with desired text and graphics using the same laser that burns the data. This LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology means people no longer have to use printers, permanent markers or adhesive labeling to develop and burn creative designs onto their CDs and DVDs. Available January 2005.
LaCie FastCoder: LaCie introduces a new tool for video editors and home users to aid in DVD creation: the LaCie FastCoder. This hardware encoder allows people to convert DV NTSC video files to MPEG-1 and/or MPEG-2 in real-time on Apple Macintosh G3, G4 and G5 systems with a native FireWire port. With the LaCie FastCoder, conventional software encoding times are reduced by two to 15 hours. Available February 2005.