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First look at Thunderbolt peripherals on the horizon

Peripherals exploiting Intel's new high-speed Thunderbolt connection have started to emerge

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Intel's new Thunderbolt I/O technology, which boasts up to 10Gbps connectivity between host machines like Apple MacBook Pros and peripherals, such as storage devices, has started to make its way into commercial products.  

The technology, designed to provide better support for audio and video than earlier interconnect technologies, was first announced in 2009. In addition to Apple, which helped Intel develop Thunderbolt, Sony and other computer makers are expected to support the speedy interconnect.


LaCie is releasing an updated version of its flagship hard drive optimised for Thunderbolt use. The new Little Big Disk can transfer data at speeds of up to 10Gbps and can be used to daisy-chain up to six peripherals. It comes in 240GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models.



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