UK distributor AM Micro is shipping Sonnet Technologies' HD video-focused Fusion F2 portable RAID system.

The system is highly portable, fast enough to enable HD video editing from a laptop, yet stable enough and equipped with RAID to safely store data.

Fusion F2 features 640GB of storage using two 2.5-inch drives mounted side-by-side in a rugged enclosure. The system measures just 14.9 x 15.7 x 1.8cms.

It offers two eSATA data connections and is designed for use with the Sonnet Tempo SATA ExpressCard/34 adapter for the MacBook Pro. By connecting via the SATA interface, Fusion F2 handily supports portable video capture in conjunction with an AJA Video Systems Io HD, which requires dedicated use of FireWire bandwidth.

The Fusion F2 can be configured in RAID 1 mirrored mode, and can capture Apple ProRes HQ HD fed from an AJA Io HD. This protected mode also allows safe field transfer of Panasonic P2, Sony SxS Pro, or similar memory cards.

With its drives configured as a RAID 0 striped volume, Fusion F2 is capable of 126 MB/sec read and write data transfers (compared with 66 MB/sec connecting via FireWire 800).

Although Fusion F2 communicates via eSATA, it draws power from a FireWire 400 port, for truly portable operation.

Fusion F2 will cost £475 (plus VAT), while the Tempo SATA ExpressCard/34 costs £79 (plus VAT).