Avid has unveiled its cross-platform Unity MediaNetwork 5.0 system at NAB 2007.

The company calls this a streamlined, next-generation system architecture that consolidates several hardware components into an integrated file management system and storage server.

As described, Avid's new solution delivers twice the performance of previous generation Avid Unity systems and is being introduced at a lower price than previous generations. It's available in scalable SD and HD configurations, both of which offer Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connectivity and 4 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel connectivity.

Mac and PC compatibility -- including support for Intel-based Macs -- as well as up to 40TB of storage capacity feature in the new solutions.

The base configurations of the system include:

--The Avid Media Engine: designed for SD workflows, offering Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, 4TB or 8TB of initial storage, UnityRAID data protection, and eight client licenses. The base 16-drive configuration supports up to four dual streams of 2:1 SD content or up to 20 lower resolution clients in real time.

-- The Avid Media Engine FC: designed for HD workflows, offering support for larger bandwidth HD and 2K files via 4Gb Fibre Channel connectivity, 4TB or 8TB of initial storage, UnityRAID data protection, and eight client licenses.

Customers can increase the storage capacity of either Avid Media Engine configuration by adding Avid MEDIArray XT storage modules in 4 or 8TB increments.

The Avid Media Engine and the Avid Media Engine FC base configurations for version 5.0 of the Avid MediaNetwork shared-storage system start at US$24,995 in the U.S. and should ship in the UK.. by the end of June.