FIRST OF ITS KIND
Maestro is the first ever automated USB publishing system from Rimage. Unlike anything on the market, it’s designed to assemble, write and print on USB devices on demand.
There are two sizes of cases that the Maestro
supports. These are the thumb case and the
pocket case. The thumb case is very similar in
size to most typical consumer USB devices, at
25mm wide, 54mm long and 7mm thick. The
pocket case is larger, allowing more printable
surface area. The pocket drive is 54mm wide,
85.5mm long and 7mm thick. These are about the
same dimensions as a business card.
The thickness of the card is a result of supporting USB 3.0. While there are thinner USB
devices marketed as “business card” size, these are limited to being USB 2.0 devices due
to the connector. USB 3.0 and USB C devices require a full metal housing for the
connector. Since Rimage wants to support USB 3.0 and other new technologies, we opted
for a slightly thicker card to protect the required connector.
Other features of the Maestro cases include a key ring on one corner. This is located on the
side corner of the card so it does not subtract from any of the printable surface. There are
also two pin holes on either side of the case that will allow you to release a data module
from the case if needed. Cases are offered in white only and are thermal printable for use in
the EncoreCP printer.
The first component of the Maestro consumables
is the data module. This broadly consists of three
features, the USB connector, the NAND flash
memory, and the retaining clips to interface with
Rimage Maestro supports both USB 2.0 and USB
3.0 connectors,which are the most common
connectors available in the market. In the future, Rimage can add USB C connectors,
sometimes called USB 3.1. Since the Maestro system was designed to accommodate
future USB connectors, you will be able to field upgrade your Maestro system to support
the newer formats as they become available. USB C has a different connector, meaning
you would need to swap the USB recorder to utilize USB C in the Maestro.
The current capacity of the NAND flash memory available in the Maestro is 8GB, 16GB,
32GB and 64GB for the USB 2.0 version, and the same plus 128GB for the USB 3.0
version. The Maestro uses industry standard NAND flash memory, so as larger sizes or
other features become available in this form factor, you will be able to use them in your
Maestro system without needing to purchase new hardware.
The final component of the data module is the retaining clips. This innovative feature allows
the data module to be inserted into the case securely, while still allowing the USB connector
to retract into the case for protection or extend from the case to plug into a USB port. This
feature does mean that the data modules are unique only to Rimage.