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Intel to show next generation Thunderbolt, more USB-C at Computex

05/19, 1:10pm

Thunderbolt 3 may be up to 40 gigabits per second, twice that the prior generation

Chip manufacturer Intel will show the next generation of Thunderbolt at next month's Computex in Taiwan. Alongside the reveal of Thunderbolt 3, Intel is also showing USB Type-C 3.1, the next iteration of the new connectivity standard that debuted on Apple's MacBook rebirth.

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LaCie adds 1TB model to Rugged Thunderbolt portable drive line

04/07, 10:20am

Rugged Thunderbolt drive proof against 1m drop, splash-resistant

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, announced today that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering.

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Forums: transferring data, benefits of Thunderbolt and more

04/03, 12:13pm

transferring data, benefits of Thunderbolt and more

This week in the MacNN forums, Professional Poster "badidea" was looking for help figuring out what is necessary to merge the data from an old hard drive with a new SSD that they installed on their Mac. Yesterday, one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking if there was any benefit to getting a Thunderbolt flash drive or Thunderbolt HDD for external storage, or if something without Thunderbolt would be just as good.

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Some Apple Thunderbolt displays launching DDoS on wired LAN users

02/13, 8:51am

Malware not suspected, flaw in driver or buffer likely the culprit

Some Apple Thunderbolt displays either in line with a Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter or connected through the wired Ethernet port on the display seem to be flooding networks periodically with junk packets. A series of user submitted threads on the Apple customer self-support forums are demonstrating that periodically, a Thunderbolt display manifesting the issue is broadcasting 800mbit/s of data to every port in the local area network, effectively knocking fast Ethernet (100mbit/s) users off the network in an inadvertent denial of service attack launched by the display.

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New DisplayPort 1.4a spec can drive up to 8K displays

02/10, 10:25am

Increasing LCD panel resolution driving need for protocol upgrade

The group responsible for the DisplayPort protocol, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), yesterday published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) Standard version 1.4a. The new eDP 1.4a enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution up to 8K, greater color depth and higher refresh rates. It also incorporates the VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard v1.1, and includes a new segmented panel architecture.

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Seagate to move Thunderbolt drive to LaCie brand

02/04, 12:55pm

Separation expected to cater more to Mac, professional users

Drive manufacturer Seagate has confirmed that it will stop offering Thunderbolt storage and adapters under its own brand name, and will instead leave Thunderbolt drives and storage options to the separate LaCie division, which it acquired in 2012.
Seagate's retiring of the USM connectors also likely signals the end of any drive compatibility with FireWire 800 as well, along with the option of connector interchangeability.

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G-Technology introduces rugged external storage, casing at CES

01/06, 7:30pm

Portable external storage and protective case models for adventurers

Storage accessory maker G-Technology has expanded its line of external storage devices today at CES with three new ruggedized drives and a new protective case. The new hard drives are outfitted with shock-proof cases to survive drops onto hard surfaces or into water. Prices range from $80–$230, depending on model and storage capacity, and offers options for either USB 3 or Thunderbolt connectivity. In addition, the company is selling its latest protective case separately, so that users can "ruggedize" existing G-Tech drives.

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Macs vulnerable to firmware rewrites via Thunderbolt, research finds

12/30, 10:45am

No firmware bootkits in circulation

The firmware on some Macs can be rewritten via a Thunderbolt device loaded with a special replacement ROM, according to Trammel Hudson, a security researcher who spoke at the 31st convention of the Chaos Computer Club, held in Hamburg. The hack is dubbed "Thunderstrike," and reportedly can't be detected once it's installed. More importantly, it can't be removed by reinstalling OS X or replacing a hard drive, since it impacts the boot ROM (which is independent) and replaces Apple's public RSA key, blocking future firmware updates unless the attacker's key is used. It can even copy itself to optional ROMs in other Thunderbolt devices connected to a compromised Mac during a restart.

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CalDigit reveals $200 Thunderbolt Station 2

12/19, 12:41pm

Device cheaper than rival Thunderbolt docks

CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also present, supporting storage formats not normally enabled by a Thunderbolt dock.

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Elgato debuts 4K-capable Thunderbolt 2 Dock

12/02, 11:04am

Also improves audio, USB features

Video accessory maker Elgato has released the Thunderbolt 2 Dock, an update of a product it shipped earlier this year. Because of the switch to Thunderbolt 2, it's capable of supporting configurations such as dual displays or a 4K monitor. Elgato has also made other improvements as well, such as amplified audio output, and stand-alone bus power for USB devices. This means that the dock will power USB devices regardless of whether a computer is on or connected.

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OWC opens preorders for Thunderbolt 2 Dock

11/18, 1:37pm

Includes twin Thunderbolt 2, five USB 3.0 connections

Other World Computing has announced a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. The device expands the number of connections available on a Mac, mainly through twin Thunderbolt 2 ports; while one is meant to connect to the computer, together they can daisy-chain up to five extra Thunderbolt devices. USB devices can be connected through one of five powered USB 3.0 ports.

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MOTU ships 24Ai, 24Ao rack-mounted 24 channel audio mixers

10/28, 12:27pm

Multiple mixers in parallel can control up to 256 channels on Thunderbolt

Audio hardware company MOTU is now shipping the 24Ai and 24Ao, two new audio interfaces that offer 24 channels of analog audio input or output in a single rack space, combined with three banks of ADAT optical, for a total of 72 channels of I/O. Similar to the 1248, 8M and 16A models released by MOTU earlier this year, the 24Ai and 24Ao are equipped with DSP-driven mixing/effects and AVB Ethernet. With all five interface models, users can mix and match complementary I/O configurations and unify operation on their shared AVB audio networking platform.

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Review: HighPoint RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 to eSATA bridge

09/27, 3:25pm

How fast can a quartet of hard drives push data across Thunderbolt 2?

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate on the fast-speed bus. The problem is that the introduction of new ports doesn't preclude the need to use old ports. Highpoint has a solution for those eSATA drive cases in the Thunderbolt 2 RocketStor 6324L host adapter for eSATA devices. Bridging devices for older connectors can be expensive, and sometimes its worth it to replace the enclosure instead -- does the value equation hold up for this speed-oriented adapter? Check our review to find out.

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DisplayPort spec boosted to v1.3, can drive 5K on single cable

09/16, 10:40am

New version drives 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely-used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.

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LaCie refreshes d2 drive line with Thunderbolt 2, SSD upgrade

09/10, 9:23am

Bridgeboard on drive replaceable with PCIe SSD

Seagate's LaCie branch today announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all–aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. In addition, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable with a SSD daughterboard, which boosts speeds up to 1,150MB per second when the SSD is accessed.

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HighPoint reveals RocketStor 6451A Thunderbolt 2 connectivity dock

09/04, 8:00am

New dock features dual USB 3.0, eSATA, audio, pass-through Thunderbolt

HighPoint Technologies has launched the "world's first" Thunderbolt 2-powered connectivity dock, the RocketStor 6351A. Each of the dual five-gigabit-per-second USB 3.0 ports and 6Gb per second eSATA port is powered by dedicated controller, allowing for peak speed for connected peripherals. Audio and Gigabit Ethernet ports round out connectivity options, with a pass-through Thunderbolt 2 port to daisy chain up to five devices downstream of the dock.

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Gigabyte unveils six X99 motherboards at PAX, talks Brix computers

09/04, 1:00am

ATX and E-ATX boards displayed at show, Brix machines doing better than expected

Gigabyte brought out the largest number of motherboards for Intel's Haswell Extreme Processors to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over the weekend, showing off six X99 boards for consumers. From high-end gaming boards to the affordable Ultra Durable line, Gigabyte wanted to project a leading position for consumers that want to jump into Intel's most recent technology.

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Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 2 Twin 10G network adapter

09/03, 2:20pm

New device features failover, wake-on-lan, driverless installation

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter, a near-plug-and-play solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard -- offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet.

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Review: Kanex KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter

08/30, 12:36pm

Does the KTU10 give USB 3.0 to 2011 Macs as well as Kanex claims?

Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac connectivity protocol, inexpensive cases abound for the connector, which modern Macs without PCI-e slots can't handle. Connectivity specialists Kanex has a solution with the KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter. Adapters can be problematic, as any computer user knows by now. How well does the small Kanex box suit the bill? Check our review to find out.

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Second beta of OS X 10.9.5 seeds to developers

08/07, 2:25pm

Thunderbolt added to listing of testing areas

Apple has begun distributing a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, available via the Mac App Store or the Mac Developer Center. The code is listed as build 13F12. In addition to Safari, graphics, and USB/USB smart card issues highlighted in the first beta, Apple is now also asking users to test out Thunderbolt connections.

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MOTU ships trio of Thunderbolt audio interfaces, AVB Ethernet switch

07/29, 12:04pm

New devices can receive up to 128 channels of audio across Thunderbolt

Audio device manufacturer MOTU has announced three new Thunderbolt audio interfaces with 48-channel mixing, DSP effects and AVB Ethernet audio networking for system expansion. Based on a new shared technology platform, the 1248, 8M and 16a use ESS Sabre32 Ultra converters, and provide low analog latency, with round-trip performance of only 32 samples (0.66 ms) at 48 kHz.

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Sonnet debuts new Mac Pro rackmount solution, Thunderbolt P2 reader

07/15, 12:37pm

RackMac Pro allows two Mac Pro computers in 4u of rack space

Upgrade component maker Sonnet is debuting a pair of new Thunderbolt devices at this year's IBC2014 industry conference. New this year are the RackMac Pro dual-Mac Pro rackmount solution for Apple's cylindrical computing powerhouse. Additionally, the company is also releasing the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader, commonly used in high-end digital video cameras.

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LaCie Rugged drive gets built-in Thunderbolt cable

06/05, 11:44am

New design also increases environmental protection

Storage maker LaCie has announced an update to its Rugged external hard drive, adding an integrated Thunderbolt cable. While on the surface the feature is just more convenient, it also improves protection against dust, water, and other contaminants, since the drive's cap can be left on unless a person needs a USB 3.0 connection. When not in use, the Thunderbolt cable wraps around a groove and tucks into the space sealed by the cap.

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Firmtek shipping Thundertek/PX2+2 Thunderbolt storage solution

05/20, 8:15pm

All-in-one unit expands external storage options through single Thunderbolt port

Accessory maker Firmtek announced that it has begun shipping its newest all-in-one Thunderbolt storage system, the Thundertek/PX2+2. Certified for use with Macs and PCs, the storage unit brings together two previous products from Firmtek, the Thundertek/PX PCI-e aluminum expansion chassis, and Seritek/6G2+2 storage adapter.

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Briefly: 10TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual storage, Anno for iPad

05/06, 11:27pm

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt now available in 10TB capacity

Other World Computing has announced a new 10TB capacity for its Mercury Elite Pro Dual storage line. Featuring high-speed Thunderbolt technology, Hardware RAID options, USB 3.0 speed and the capacity to handle 4K video content, the 10TB Mercury Elite Pro Dual storage hard drive includes sustained data rates up to 442MB per second read at 7200RPM. Priced at $950, the latest drive is now available for order.

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T4 Thunderbolt audio interface debuts, first product by Resident Audio

05/06, 12:30pm

Device supports 24/96 audio, four inputs, phantom power

Resident Audio, a new company dedicated to designing and creating audio tools, has introduced the T4, the first multi-channel Thunderbolt audio interface which requires no external power. The T4 supports 24-bit/96kHz audio with near-zero latency for virtually instantaneous recording and playback.

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Report: Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt to double throughput, cut power

04/21, 8:07pm

Dubbed 'Alpine Ridge,' technology could appear as early as next year

Continuing to keep one step ahead of reported improvements in next-generation USB technology, Intel is said to be working on a third-generation Thunderbolt system that would double throughput to 40 gigabits (Gb) per second and yet reduce power requirements by as much as 50 percent, though the new connector would support up to 100 watts of charging power. The revised plug, which is backward-compatible with an adapter, will be about three millimeters (0.12 inches) in width, down from the current 4.5mm height.

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OWC expands OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt

04/08, 2:37pm

Capacities up to 8TB available in USB 3.0, Thunderbolt dual-interface case

Peripheral vendor Other World Computing today expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The new design is available in capacities up to 8TB.

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G-Technology enhances G-Drive; launches G-Speed RAID line

04/07, 12:37pm

Thunderbolt 2 G-Speed RAID delivers 4k-compatible speed with hard drives

Storage manufacturer G-Technology today announced the latest additions in its Evolution Series family -- the G-Drive EV SSD and the 500GB G-Drive EV external drive modules. Also released are the four-bay Thunderbolt 2 G-Speed Studio with hardware RAID, and the two-bay G-Speed RAID Studio.

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Highpoint shows pair of Thunderbolt 2 SAS, eSATA converters

04/07, 11:33am

Four- and eight-channel devices adapt older external storage enclosures

Storage and networking device maker Highpoint is adding a pair of new Thunderbolt devices to its product lineup. The storage connectivity vendor has debuted the eight-channel Rocketstor 6328L, along with the four-channel RocketStor 6324L eSATA and SAS Thunderbolt 2 adapters at this week's National Association of Broadcasters show.

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LaCie refreshes 5big, 2big with Thunderbolt 2; adds 8big Rack

04/07, 10:00am

RAID arrays can drive over 1GB per second

Seagate Technology's LaCie brand announced at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show three new storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology. The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big, and 2big now feature Thunderbolt 2, along with the latest technologies from Seagate, including new 6TB hard drives.

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Briefly: HDX-SDI video interface with Thunderbolt, UE Boom update

04/05, 10:58pm

New HDX-SDI video interface with Thunderbolt offers capture and playback for variety of programs

Motu has announced the release of its new HDX-SDI video interface with Thunderbolt technology. Offering a HD/SD video production workstation for any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (or PC), its I/O technology supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data services though a single port. Users can connect any video source to the HDX-SDI, with best image quality derived from uncompressed video capture.

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Elgato debuts $230 Thunderbolt Dock

04/03, 1:45pm

Also include HDMI, USB 3.0, Ethernet ports

Elgato has released the Thunderbolt Dock, its own entry for MacBook owners looking to expand connection options. The peripheral includes two Thunderbolt ports, the second enabling passthroughs to other Thunderbolt devices. Also present are three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet connections, and headphone and microphone jacks.

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Macworld announces 2014 Best of Show awards

03/29, 7:00am

Successful crowd-funded projects a fresh source of innovation

Macworld/iWorld 2014, currently going on at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, handed out its Best of Show awards on Friday, including a mix of hardware devices and software apps, many of which started life as successful Kickstarter or similar crowd-funded ideas, both from established companies and novice entrepreneurs. Winners included a portable RAID drive, a thermal camera for the iPhone, an app to get kids to do their chores, and new Thunderbolt adapters, among other useful apps and gadgets.

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WD ships My Passport Pro, dual-drive bus-powered Thunderbolt RAID

03/27, 9:33am

Drive features integrated Thunderbolt cable

Drive manufacturer WD today introduced My Passport Pro, the first portable and Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive. The peripheral is available in 2TB and 4TB capacities, and sports a Thunderbolt cable built into the case itself, which also powers the drive. A user-selectable RAID function lets users choose data striping (RAID 0) for high performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy.

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Review: Akitio Thunderbolt Thunder Dock

03/06, 8:15am

New Thunderbolt accessory provides eSATA, USB3

Akitio has expanded its line of Thunderbolt accessories with its new Thunder dock. With eSATA, FireWire 800, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt pass-through, the new accessory aims to provide a sensible set of additional ports for most MacBooks manufactured in the past three years. Check out our full review to see if the Thunder is a must-have desk accessory.

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Briefly: MOTU Thunderbolt audio interface, AKVIS restoration updates

01/22, 12:38am

828x audio interface with Thunderbolt technology provides comprehensive I/O

MOTU has released its newest audio interface of the 828 series, the 828x with Thunderbolt connectivity. Though still possessing USB 2.0 connections, the 828x provides low-latency performance thanks to Thunderbolt, due to the latter's ability to maintain speed in high-bandwidth applications.

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Review: Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ SSD

01/17, 10:12am

Elgato adds USB3.0 to Thunderbolt SSD

Elgato recently introduced its Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD, building upon the company's existing Thunderbolt SSD that we tried out last year. The new offering ads USB 3.0 connectivity for cross-platform convenience, while transfer speeds are claimed to get a boost up to 420MBps. Check out our full review to see how the Drive+ performs against its predecessor.

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StarTech ships USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt dock

01/15, 11:54pm

New dock gives three USB 3.0 UASP ports, audio in/out

Connectivity specialist StarTech has announced the availability of its new Thunderbolt Docking Station which enables users to add a variety of connectivity options to a Thunderbolt-equipped computer. The new docking station can be positioned vertically or horizontally to best suit the desk space, and includes a one-meter Thunderbolt cable to provide a ready-to-connect docking solution right out of the box.

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Apple offering black TB cables, other Mac Pro accessories

12/19, 10:44pm

Promise RAID arrays, Sharp 4K display among earliest accessories

Now that the redesigned Mac Pro is finally out, buyers lucky enough to get one of the early ones will also be shopping for accessories. While a number of third-party manufacturers have already begun ramping up to support the new tower, offerings specifically targeting Mac Pro buyers are still thin on the ground. The online Apple Store, however, has an UltraHD (4K) display monitor, new black Thunderbolt cables and existing storage expansion solutions on offer.

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Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt Station

11/28, 2:34pm

USB 3.0 upgrade for older Macs

Several companies currently offer Thunderbolt docks to expand the interface options for recent MacBooks. CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of the latest, providing a wide range of connections including USB 3.0, HDMI and Ethernet ports, among others. Check out our full review for a closer look at the new docking station.

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Magma launches three Thunderbolt to PCI-e expansion chassis

11/12, 5:00pm

Units support three PCI-e cards, one model embeds a Mac mini internally

Magma has announced pricing and availability for three new Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion products. The product family is called Roben-3 and is designed to be the expansion solution for creative professionals who have adopted the Thunderbolt interface as the main high-speed input-output option, such as users of the upcoming Mac Pro.

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Elgato debuts Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

11/07, 3:10pm

Also supports USB 3.0 systems

Elgato has launched a new portable storage drive, the Thunderbolt Drive+. The unit is based on an SSD, and capable of speeds up to 420MBps. Despite its name, it includes both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, which also double as power sources. For durabilty's sake the drive uses an IP64-certified metal enclosure that protects against dust and water as well as impacts.

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CalDigit Thunderbolt Station to ship on November 4

10/29, 2:12pm

Adds USB 3.0, HDMI, other connections

CalDigit has announced that a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt Station, will be shipping on November 4. The unit is meant to expand the number of ports on a Mac, particularly MacBooks, which often have very few native connections. It adds three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI connection, a gigabit Ethernet jack, and audio in/out ports. A second Thunderbolt port is meant for daisy-chaining the Station to other Thunderbolt-ready devices.

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Sonnet offers new Echo Express SE II, Thunderbolt 2 PCI-E breakout box

09/16, 6:02pm

Sonnet shipping original model, replacing with Thunderbolt 2 when available

Sonnet has announced the Echo ExpressSE II, the replacement for the Echo Express II Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis. The new model adds enhanced capabilities and sells at a lower price, and also includes a coupon for a free upgrade to exchange it for a Thunderbolt 2 version when it becomes available this fall. Accommodating cards up to 7.75 inches long, the Echo Express SE II supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards consisting of a PCIe card plus daughter card.

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Corning optical Thunderbolt cables Intel certified, headed to retail

09/11, 10:54pm

Lengths of up to 100 meters tested, 10x longer than copper

Making good on promises from January to release an optical Thunderbolt cable, Corning has announced at the IFA tradeshow that Intel has certified its all-fiber optic Thunderbolt cable for release. The technology uses Corning's ClearCurve technology to allow for high data speeds with significantly less data loss than copper cables, allowing for longer cabling.

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HP deploys trio of ZBook workstations, Xeon Ivy Bridge to Z desktops

09/10, 2:30pm

Upgrades bring up to 24 cores to Z Desktops, quadcore to laptops

HP today announced the expansion of its Z portfolio of professional workstation products, including the company's first workstation-class ultrabook, the HP ZBook 14. Also released are the company's first line of workstations to offer Intels Thunderbolt 2 technology for high-speed data transfer. The newly-announced products include three new HP ZBook mobile workstations, including the previously-mentioned ZBook 14, and processor and graphics enhancements to the HP Z desktop workstations.

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Apple deals: Thunderbolt Displays and Mac Pros

07/19, 2:02pm

Thunderbolt Displays and Mac Pros

This week at Apple's online store, save on refurbished Apple displays, Mac Pros and more. The refurbished 27-inch Thunderbolt Display has been reduced by $200 from $999 down to $799. Also priced at $799 is the refurbished Apple LED Cinema Display. Pair either display with a refurbished Mac Pro with a 2.8GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 3GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $1,819 after a $680 discount.

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New Mac Pro sneak-previewed at WWDC, coming later this year [U]

06/10, 3:22pm

Black cannister shape, 12-core configuration, Thunderbolt 2, more

[Updated with real-world photo of the Mac Pro] Apple on Monday gave developers and the public a "sneak preview" of the next Mac Pro coming later this year -- a radical new "cannister" form factor in black that is 1/8th (by volume) the size of the previous model. It features a 12-core configuration based on all-new (E5) Intel Xeon processors, dual AMD-provided FirePro workstation graphics, new PCIe flash storage, new faster RAM, PCI Express gen 3 support, the ability to use up to three 4K-quality displays, and external outputs dominated by Thunderbolt 2.

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Intel formally christens 'Thunderbolt 2' with 20Gbps, 4K video

06/05, 1:52am

Doubles throughput of original TB while retaining cable compatibility

Intel, who originally developed Thunderbolt networking technology with the help of Apple (which made it a standard feature on most current Mac products) has revealed that the name of the improved version of Thunderbolt -- originally known by its codename, Falcon Ridge -- is to be simply "Thunderbolt 2." The improved version, which offers roughly a doubling of existing (and still under-utilized) Thunderbolt speeds, will enter the market early next year and offers both sufficient bandwidth for raw 4K video transfer as well as backward compatibility with existing cables and connectors.

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