Britain's GB Labs has introduced Space SSD Ultimate, claimed as the first networked storage system for 8K grading, editing, compositing and motion graphics. The unit has been specifically designed to cater for online editing of Super HiVision, the 8K format under development at NHK.
The company described the unit as offering more than double the performance of previous SSD RAID systems. Its 6000MB/s can handle of up-to 44 streams of uncompressed HD, 10 streams of 4K DPX or four streams of 8K video, with multiple workstations addressing the storage over 40Gb Ethernet connections.
Ben Pearce, director (pictured), GB Labs said: “With broadcasters undertaking 8K TV trials and graphics professionals routinely working in 4K at very high frame rates, there’s already a compelling case for Space SSD Ultimate. The cost of ownership is kept in check thanks to inclusion of Space’s data management tools. These enable users to immediately offload completed 8K projects onto larger capacity, lower cost storage securely and at high speed.”
With plans in place to roll out a commercial 8K service in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and with the recent launch by NHK of an 8K Cube Camera GB Labs reckons 7680×4320 resolution is fast becoming a reality.
NHK is not alone in developing 8K kit. Fellow Japanese manufacturer Sony also has a team working on 8K production equipment to be readied for 2020.