Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt Dual-Drive Storage System

Western Digital today announced it will demonstrate the ultra-fast data transfer rates of its upcoming My Book Thunderbolt Duo dual-drive storage system at the Macworld/iWorld show. The Thunderbolt-equipped My Book gives the storage system access to up to 10Gbps of theoretical throughput on each of two channels in both directions. According to Western Digital, HD media creators will be able to transfer a standard size full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, or less time than it takes to heat up a glass of water in the microwave.

"Thunderbolt technology offers the speed needed for creative professionals and enthusiasts who produce, edit, or need quick access to large files, including HD video," said Jody Bradshaw, general manager of WD's consumer storage solutions. "During the demonstration, twin Thunderbolt ports show amazing flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo systems or other high performance peripherals for an enhanced workflow process. The combination of storage, backup, and speed could make the My Book Thunderbolt Duo the only drive a creative pro would ever need."

Acer's upcoming Aspire S5 Ultrabook will supposedly be the first Ultrabook to sport a Thunderbolt port, and as long as companies like Western Digital release devices that take advantage of the high-speed interface, we expect to see even more systems roll out with Thunderbolt. In other words, it doesn't look like this will turn in to a classic chicken-or-egg scenario.