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Intel's Light Peak technology eventually matured into what now is known in the market as Thunderbolt, which debuted initially as an Apple I/O exclusive last year. As we mentioned in our IDF coverage a few years ago, Light Peak was being developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple. So it wasn't a huge surprise that Apple got an early exclusivity agreement, but there were actually a number of other partners on board as well, including Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital. Thunderbolt has been available on some Apple systems for over a year now and it’s been met with mostly positive results. There are also a handful of Thunderbolt compatible devices already... Read more...
We have been talking about Intel's Thunderbolt technology here at HotHardware since well before it received its official name. Way back in the day, Thunderbolt went by the Intel codename "Light Peak". We had discussed Intel’s Light Peak technology on a number of occasions over the last few years and caught glimpses of the technology at work at past Intel Developers Forums. Light Peak eventually matured into what now is known in the market as Thunderbolt technology, which debuted initially as an Apple I/O exclusive last year. As we mentioned in our IDF coverage a few years ago, Light Peak was being developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple. So it wasn't... Read more...
It’s been a busy day on the Apple beat, with the company announcing updates to many of its products from the stage at WWDC. Much has been speculated about what Apple would do with its MacBook Pro line, but now we have the official word. There’s a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it’s quite an update. For starters, the machine is 0.71 inches thick and weighs in at 4.46lbs and has a Retina display that boasts over 5 million pixels for a resolution of 2880x1800, which purportedly makes the individual pixels indistinguishable to the human eye from a normal working distance. The display is also designed for reduced glare, higher contrast, and a 178-degree viewing angle to enhance the... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss Dell's brand new XPS One 27 All-in-One Ivy Bridge Desktop, Intel's Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core CPU (Desktops), Intel's Core i5-3427U Ivy Bridge CPU For Ultrabooks, our Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Round-Up, and a little tease about some Thunderbolt-enabled gear we've got in the lab right now from Asus, Intel and Promise... Show Notes: 01:40 - Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One Desktop, Ivy Bridge-Infused 07:29 - Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core CPU Review 11:15 - Intel Core i5-3427U: Ivy Bridge for Ultrabooks 16:41 - Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Round-Up 22:22 - Thunderbolt on Windows Sneak Peek... Read more...
Asus isn't the only motherboard manufacturer who is unleashing Thunderbolt technology today. MSI also announced the official release of its Z77A-GD80 motherboard with Thunderbolt support. This motherboard was showcased at CES 2012 in January. The Z77A-GD80 features the newest Intel Z77 chipset with support for the new generation 22nm processors. With the Thunderbolt interface, users will get two-way bandwidth up to 10Gbps as well as power for external devices. The Z77A-GD80 uses Military Class III components and features MSI's one-second overclocking OC Genie II and UEFI / Windows dual-graphical interface ClickBIOS II. MSI debuts Z77A-GD80, the world's first mainboard with next-generation Thunderbolt... Read more...
ASUS launched its P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard which features the Thunderbolt connection interface. Thunderbolt promises transfer speeds that are twice as fast as USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It offers simultaneous bi-directional 10Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable, with the flexibility to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt-ready devices. As the flagship of the P8Z77 Series, this motherboard features true 4-way NVIDIA SLI and 4-way AMD CrossFireX on the PCIe Gen 3.0 slots. The P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard also features advanced SSD Caching II, an onboard 32GB mSATA based SSD, a pair of Gigabit Intel LAN ports, and USB 3.0 connectivity. ASUS Launches First Intel® Thunderbolt™... Read more...
LaCie is looking to take advantage of the Thunderbolt interface on new Macs with an eSATA hub. Users can connect eSATA drives to their Macs without relying on an ExpressCard slot (and getting slightly better 3Gb/s performance). The hubs each have two Thunderbolt ports, making daisy-chaining devices possible and apparently without losing performance. LaCie says that you can have up to a dozen eSATA devices running on a daisy chain at once (using up to six hubs), including display and storage devices. The hubs are available for sale now for $199. Upgrade Existing Storage with the LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt™ Series April 5, 2012 - Today LaCie announced the availability of the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt™... Read more...
Western Digital is now shipping its first external hard drive with Thunderbolt technology. The new My Book Thunderbolt Duo is a dual-hard drive storage system that offers double-safe data protection. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is available in 4TB and 6TB capacities and supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD options. There are dual Thunderbolt ports on the drive so you can daisy-chain multiple My Book Thunderbolt Duo devices or other peripherals. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is currently available for $599.99 (4 TB) and $699.99 (6 TB). WD® Shipping My Book® Thunderbolt™ Duo Dual-Drive Storage System: Ultra-Fast Read/Write Times for Creative Pros, and Today's Need-it-Now Consumers Up to 6 TB... Read more...
At long last, LaCie's 2big Thunderbolt Series has arrived and is up for sale on the company's website, provided you have the scratch. Initially available in 4TB and 6TB sizes, these big drives command equally big price tags, with the lower capacity model costing $649 and the larger size drive going for $799. That works out to about 16 cents per gigabyte on the 4TB drive, and 13 cents per gigabyte on the 6TB model. That's not terrible considering these come equipped with a Thunderbolt interface and offer up transfer speeds of up to 327MB/s. According to LaCie, that means you can transfer 1TB of data in less than an hour, which works out to 235,000 MP3 files, 750 iTunes movies, or more than 450,000... Read more...
There’s no doubt that Thunderbolt is establishing a foothold in the industry, but things are still at that awkward stage where the technology is here and available, but there aren’t too many hard drives shipping with the interface on board. Of those that are shipping, many are priced rather high. Seagate’s in-between solution, available now, is the GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter, which allows you to mount a GoFlex portable drive and connect to a Thunderbolt port for those lightning-fast (er, thunderbolt-fast?) transfer speeds promised by the new technology. The adapter will run you $99, and you’ll still need the Thunderbolt cable, which isn’t exactly cheap. Still, it’ll... Read more...
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... Read more...
Just about every company represented at CES has a theme or two it’s focusing on at the show, and for Seagate, this year the spotlight is on mobile storage technologies, hybrid storage, and of course, speed. Seagate is showing off its update to the GoFlex Satellite drive, a battery-powered, mobile storage solution that streams media to a tablet, and it’s also showcasing a 4G LTE mobile wireless storage product. The result of a partnership with Verizon, the Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage (we assume the name is temporary) is designed to effectively boost the storage capacity of your wireless device by making your stored media available for streaming via Verizon’s LTE network.... Read more...
Thunderbolt clearly is the port to beat at this year's CES, and LaCie is announcing their latest peripherals at the show. There's the new 2big Thunderbolt Series and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt series, the latter of which allows users to connect external eSATA drives to their Macs. With speeds up to three times faster than FireWire 800, the LaCie 2big also features RAID security, hot-swappable disks, daisy chain convenience and a solid-aluminum casing. Heavy data users will appreciate capacities up to 8TB with jaw-dropping transfer rates up to 311MB/s. Daisy chaining multiple 2bigs even increases overall performance. The eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series gives new life to existing eSATA drives with... Read more...
Conspiracy theorists will have you believe the reason why Intel is taking so long to natively support the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfer spec is because the Santa Clara chip maker is much more interested in promoting its Thunderbolt technology. The only problem with that theory (well, one of several, actually) is that Thunderbolt is still exclusive to Apple, and if Intel's master plan was to bury USB, wouldn't it make sense to release a version for Windows PCs? Get ready for more conspiracy theories. According to reports, Intel is telling its hardware partners that it will rain down its Thunderbolt technology on the Windows PC market in April 2012, news of which prompted several first-tier PC makers... Read more...
Big news in the storage world today. The second major external drive to support Apple / Intel's Thunderbolt port is now shipping, with LaCie to thank. The company's new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available through Apple Retail and Apple.com, and it's the first portable solution to feature Thunderbolt technology in the palm of your hands. How big of hands do you need? Not Shaq-sized, that's for sure. It has a pair of 2.5" SSDs or HDDs, so not even full desktop-size drives. Featuring a pair of 2.5" drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration, the Little Big Disk delivers stunning read speeds more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD. The more Little Big Disks you chain together,... Read more...
Apple's Thunderbolt port may have brought with it a ton of hype, but thus far, there aren't too many actual peripherals to use with it. But of course, that's changing as time progresses. While it's most useful for connecting high-speed storage solutions right now, it'll soon become useful for who-knows-what. With that much bandwidth, the options are close to limitless. Take this newest peripheral, for example. Sonnet has just announced a new Echo ExpressCard 34 / Thunderbolt adapter that enables ExpressCards to connect to computers with Thunderbolt ports. This is hugely useful for those who have upgraded their MacBook Pro to a Thunderbolt version, but in turn, lost the ExpressCard slot that was... Read more...
Today is shaping up to be a big day for Apple. It was just yesterday that the Cupertino outfit announced yet another record quarter, bragging about revenue being up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent, and today marks the launch of a bevy of products and technologies that will keep all those Apple exec pockets lined with cash for the foreseeable future. Let's take a quick look at each one. Mac OS X Lion Now available for purchase from the Mac App Store is Mac OS X Lion, the eight major release of Apple's operating system. It includes over 250 new features, some of the more notable ones being: Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac... Read more...
iSuppli has published their findings from a recent teardown of HTC's Thunderbolt and come to some interesting conclusions therein. The Thunderbolt, which is currently Verizon's top-end Android phone, has an estimated bill of materials (BOM) of $262. That's the cost of the phone's components, not the total cost of manufacture, and much less than the total cost of the device once marketing, shipping, and warranty costs have been factored in as well. According to IHS, the Thunderbolt is the most expensive phone it's ever deconstructed. Note: Verizon currently offers the Thunderbolt for $249 with a two-year contract. The largest single contributor to the Thunderbolt's price tag is its 4G support.... Read more...
Good news and bad news this weekend for HTC Thunderbolt owners on Verizon Wireless. The good news, per usual, shall come first. That involves a new firmware update (still Froyo) that's being pushed to handsets as we speak. It improves data connectivity, enhances the Call History view, reduces the amount of device power cycles / resets, improves Bluetooth Discovery mode pop-up windows, enables a people search function and includes View App Menu in tabbed layout. So that's the upside; tons of improvements and bug fixes. But there's a downside to installing the update as well. For one, the free mobile hotspot feature dies entirely. Also, the update adds a number of "bloatware" programs such as V... Read more...
Promise Technology recently launched the first Thunderbolt-compatible devices; the company's Pegasus RAID R4 and R6 storage solutions can now be ordered from the Apple Store. There's a catch, however. In order to use either storage array, one must first purchase a cable directly from Apple. The company has priced the two meter cable at $50--and while that's little enough compared to the cost of the RAID units ($999 and $1999 respectfully), it was enough to pique the curiousity of the iFixit crew. As it turns out, Thunderbolt uses what's called an active cable. Inside the cable there's a pair of Gunnum GN2033 transceivers. The company's website notes: "The GN2033 is a tiny, low power transceiver... Read more...
And now, for Thunderbolt's next trick! So far, the new I/O port has remained pretty much Apple's darling, shipping on modern day iMac and MacBook Pro machines. But now, the PC users can get a taste as well. Sony just announced their new VAIO Z Series, a 13.1" notebook that includes a new Power Media Dock, a standard-voltage Core i7, SSD, high-res (1600x900) anti-reflective display and yes, a Thunderbolt port. But it's not your average Thunderbolt port. But we'll get to that in a moment. The Power Media Dock is unlike anything we've seen to date, offering quad-video monitor support, AMD Radeon HD graphics, an optical disc drive and an HDMI output. At just below 1.2kg and 16.65mm slim, it's definitely... Read more...
Speed. It's all about speed. And hasn't that always been the case? In the PC world, things never seem to run fast enough, and Promise Technology is hoping to make things hum along even faster when it comes to data transmission. They have just developed a Thunderbolt-equipped RAID storage device for the masses, adopting a technology that Apple's trying to spearhead by including it on their latest machines. The Pegasus series is what's being revealed this week. There's two models: the R6 (which has six SATA HDDs) and the R4 (which has four SATA HDDs). Steven Lien, deputy manager, Corporate Marketing Department, Sales & Marketing Division of Promise Technology, had this to say about the new... Read more...
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