Model LTNG-XD-8-MMDT is a unique, all new for 2016 desktop/DI cart complete workstation. Your Mac Mini installs via an easy slide-in sled from the rear, and the Lightning provides front-panel USB3 and audio I/O and media card reader, while the rear panel provides all other Mac connections. An internal Thunderbolt controller and 2-slot PCIe (x8 full-height slots) expander with an internal 6Gb SAS RAID controller are standard, as well as eight 3.5” hot-swappable disk drive bays to provide up to 64TB of native disk storage capacity (RAID 0/1/4/5/6/40/50/60).
The Desktop/cart unit will have an optional 9” LCD flip-up monitor (not yet released) which connects via Thunderbolt to the Mac and may be added or removed in the field without tools. Perfect for ingest and dailies, the Lightning is very portable and quiet in operation, cooled by a whisper quiet, low-speed centrifugal blower in a removable module.
This model has an attractive locking, ventilated and hinged front door to prevent accidental disk drive removal or theft, and a Kensington lock slot. Measuring only 7” x 11” x 16” (HxWxD) the new Lightning desktop for Mac Mini is highly portable.