The drives feature Sony Error Correction Code technology, which allows the SV-GS96 to reach up to 2400 TBW (terabytes written), while the SV-GS48 drive can reach 1200 TBW, which also translates to a longer life for the drives. Sony technology also prevents sudden speed decreases and ensures stable recording of high bitrate 4K video without frame dropping. As an example, Sony cites the ATOMOS Shogun Inferno; the G series SSD is able to record video at 4K 60p (ProRes 422 HQ) mode stably.
Additionally, the SV-GS96 and SV-GS48 can be connected to desktops or laptops for downloading of image and video files, with read speeds of up to 550MB/s. The drives also feature data protection technology to help keep assets safe.
Look for our review of the G Series drives once we’ve had a chance to work with them.
Sony says the drives are scheduled for May 2017 availability, with the SV-GS96 priced at $539 and the SV-GS48 priced at $287.
See the full press release below:
Sony Introduces Extended Life Solid State Drives for Professional Video Recorders
Durable, reliable and fast SSDs are ideal for 4K or higher-bitrate recording
Park Ridge, N.J., April 4, 2017 – Sony is expanding its professional media lineup with the introduction of two new G Series Professional Solid State Drives in 960GB (SV-GS96) and 480GB (SV-GS48) capacities. These SSDs were designed to meet the growing need for reliable, external video recording devices docked to camcorders or high-performance DSLRs. For content creators looking for more efficient, stable and flexible hi-bitrate recording in often unpredictable environments, Sony’s G Series SSDs deliver optimal performance for several popular professional video recording devices, while offering a far longer lifetime.
Building on the reliability synonymous with Sony’s Professional Media products, the new SSDs are a solid option for respective video recorders, offering videographers stable high-speed capabilities, a sense of security and lower cost of ownership due to their longer life. Using Sony’s Error Correction Code technology, the 960GB G Series SSD achieves up to 2400 TBW (terabytes written), while the 460GB drive can reach 1200 TBW, resulting in less frequent replacement and increased ROI. 2400 TBW translates to about 10 years of use for the SV-GS96, if data is fully written to the drive an average of five times per week.
The drives are also designed for ultra-fast, stable data writing. While other SSDs have a tendency for data write speeds to suddenly drop after repeated re-write cycles, Sony G Series SSDs feature built-in technology preventing sudden speed decreases, while ensuring stable recording of high bitrate 4K video without frame dropping. For example, used with an ATOMOS Shogun Inferno, G series SSD is able to record video at 4K 60p (ProRes 422 HQ) mode stably.
When paired with the necessary connection cables, the new G Series drives can be effortlessly removed from a recorder and connected to a computer for file downloading, making editing easier and faster with read speeds up to 550MB/s.
G Series SSDs also offer data protection technology that keeps content secure and intact, even if a sudden power failure occurs. To add to the drive’s stability, it features a durable connector which withstands extreme repeated insertion and removal up to 3000 times – or 6 times more tolerance than standard SATA connectors – even in harsh conditions.
Sony’s SSD G Series is planned to be available May 2017 at suggested retail prices of $539 for SV-GS96 and $287 for SV-GS48.
For more information on Sony’s media options, please visit www.sony.com/professionalmedia.