ATTO Debuts Mac OS X Support for FastFrame

​ATTO has announced Mac OS X driver support for its FastFrame NQ42 40GbE Network Interface Cards. The technology enables high-performance applications such as uncompressed 4K and 8K video editing. General availability is expected in Q3 2016.

A demo at NAB featured the FastFrame NQ42 40GbE NIC in a Thunderbolt expansion chassis connected to a Mac Mini workstation. Unlike competing solutions, this ensures 40GbE support for currently shipping Mac platforms, including Mac Pro workstations, Mac Minis and Mac Pro laptops, says Tim Klein, CEO, ATTO.

“With the addition of OS X support for ATTO FastFrame 40GbE NICs, post-production environments gain additional options to power high-bandwidth media workflows.”

FastFrame NQ42 40GbE NICs are available in single and dual-port versions with optional QSFP+s.

“The larger file sizes of UHD formats create new workflow requirements that go beyond what 10GbE can easily accommodate,” said Chris MacKarell, Head of Workflow, ARRI Rental Group. “Given ATTO’s long history of support for media post-production applications and specifically for Mac OS X — the platform of choice for creative professionals — we are pleased that ATTO has prioritized 40GbE OS X support for its portfolio of Ethernet-based solutions.”

"We're excited to be working with ATTO as they develop OS X drivers for their 40GbE products based on our Ethernet chipsets and technology," said Asaf Wachtel, Senior Director of Business Development at Mellanox. "ATTO's experience in providing OS X drivers for high-speed connectivity solutions, along with their ability to optimize products for digital video workflow environments, makes them the ideal partner to work with in providing 40GbE functionality for OS X."

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