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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.


The F2TBR delivers two ultra fast 2.5 inch solid state drives in a package that can transfer data at 640Mbps and write at 430Mbps, which the company says is enough for high definition video editing or playback. Having two Thunderbolt ports allows for daisy chaining of up to six devices to a host computer port. Pricing to be announced. Sonnet is also adding Thunderbolt support to its four and eight-drive RAID 5 desktop storage systems, and offering a selection of Thunderbolt adapters for PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire.



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