LaCie has just announced the availability of 5 TB, 7200 RPM hard drive capacities in their 5big, 2big and d2 Thunderbolt series. LaCie will deliver 5 TB capacities in single drive systems and up to 25 TB in multiple drive systems.
Other World Computing, a.k.a. OWC, brought its new Thunderbolt lineup to CES Unveiled, along with a brand new Mac Pro to show off how well its storage and expansion units fit with the new black motif.
Intel is planning a lot to keep their Thunderbolt technology competitive against USB in 2014. VR-Zone has obtained documents that show that Intel is planning to bring features that are found in USB and Ethernet to the Thunderbolt platform. These new features include the ability to charge devices and transfer files between computers using a straight connection.
Akitio is proud to announce that it is the receiver of the certification of the first 512 GB fully bus powered Thunderbolt storage. This 512 GB model has become part of the already vast portfolio of the company which consists of the storage series. This is most likely to complement all other storage series as well and it has been confirmed that it has the ability to touch the read speeds of 520 MB/s on bus power.
Regardless of superior performance, Thunderbolt technology is not being taken up on mass scale by OEMs. For this particular reason, to make it more renowned amongst enthusiasts, Intel plans to introduce Thunderbolt PCIe expansion cards.
At Computex Intel is showing off a Prototype flash drive, which they are calling the “world’s fastest thumb drive” which uses Thunderbolt technology rather than USB. The key-shaped drive carried with it a capacity of 128 GB and plugs directly into a Thunderbolt port. The drive itself is about the same size as normal USB flash drives.
Finally Akitio has added a larger capacity drive to their Thunderbolt storage line. Last year they introduced a 120 GB version, but these days with HD video and other large files 120 GB is just not enough. Today they are announcing a 256 GB version of their Neutrino Thunderbolt Edition. By using a solid state drive and a high performance SATA controller this drive is able to achieve transfer speeds of up to 464 MB/second making it the fastest one bay, bus powered external storage device on the market.
At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that is currently underway in Beijing, Intel has announced the second-generation Thunderbolt specification. It uses the same plug and pin design as current Thunderbolt devices, but offers double the bandwidth over its predecessor. This will give devices 20 Gb/s of bandwidth, which gives users the ability to transfer uncompressed 4K Ultra-HD video without causing the display to lag.
At the NAB show today in Las Vegas, LaCie has announced it has the largest range of Thunderbolt solutions that are certified for use with Thunderbolt equipped Mac or PC systems. LaCie is the only manufacturer that has five products in its Thunderbolt Series that are compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows 7 and 8. The Thunderbolt product family offers universal compatibility and performance of up to 800 MB/s.
Gigabyte invited us up to their suite at CES to check out some of their latest motherboards. We first took a look at the Z77X-UP5 TH. This motherboard offers dual Thunderbolt ports which allows output to a 4K display. Gigabyte is currently the only motherboard manufacturer offering dual Thunderbolt ports on their motherboards. Gigabyte is ready for Intel’s new all-in-one standard with their B75-TN and H77-TN. These boards are perfect for building that perfect small form factor system. Finally we took a look at some of Gigabyte’s value segment boards.
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