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Io XT with Thunderbolt technology now available The new Io XT Thunderbolt- enabled professional video I/O device is now shipping from AJA Video Systems. As the only Thunderbolt- enabled video I/O device on the market with dual Thunderbolt ports, Io XT opens up a host of new workflow capabilities to video professionals. Io XT is available through AJAs global network of resellers at a US MSRP of $1495 (£954). www.aja.com Going live with AVB and Avid VENUE Utilizing the Lab X Technologies robust high channel count AVB Audio platform, Avid® has launched the world’s first AVB digital snake for live sound, a key component of the VENUE SC48 Remote System. By adding the AVB digital snake to the popular VENUE SC48 console our customers get the sound, performance, and reliability VENUE systems are known for, plus the flexibility to remotely locate I/O wherever the gig demands it, stated Sheldon Radford, senior product manager of Live Systems and Consoles at Avid.  The Lab X AVB platform perfectly meets our demanding needs for seamless redundancy, low latency, and high channel count over open standards networking. www.avid.com 06 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE Cold case V ital camera gear was safely transported in Peli cases by the crew filming what must be the most extreme sporting event of 2011 the Antarctic Ice Marathon.  The Antarctic Ice Marathon is the southernmost marathon on earth, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole and is a unique opportunity for athletes to complete a formidable and challenging marathon.  Dave Painter from the film crew HUTC (Hot Under The Collar Productions) explained We knew that filming in the Antarctic was going to be a challenge. Ensuring we had the right equipment was crucial for the shoot and getting it there in pristine condition was fundamental, so we simply choose the best. Our Peli cases took care of the equipment, we just needed to look after ourselves. The harsh conditions were no match for the tough waterproof cases and the bright yellow small case (1060) was perfect for keeping our recording media; easily visible amongst the other luggage.  Peli cases are an integral part of our shooting kit both in the UK and overseas, but for environments as tough as the Antarctic there is simply no alternative! www.peliproducts.co.uk Cost- effective SxS reader S onnet Technologies have announced that its Qio(TM) E3 professional SxS(TM) media reader is now shipping and available for purchase. As the latest member of the Sonnet Qio series of professional universal media reader/writers, the Qio E3 offers a cost-effective, high-speed alternative to stand-alone card readers for videographers and studios alike. The E3 is the first three-slot SxS memory card reader available. It includes an integrated two-port 6 Gb/s eSATA interface for connecting external storage systems, and doubles as a bus expansion system for ExpressCard(R)/34 adapter cards. www.sonnettech.com.