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ASUS ThunderboltEX II Add-on Thunderbolt 20 Gbps Cards Now Available

ASUS rolled out second-generation add-on Thunderbolt cards for its motherboards, the ThunderboltEX II series. It includes the single-port ThunderboltEX II, and the two-port ThunderboltEX II DUAL. The two are based on Intel's DSL5320 and DSL5520 chipsets, respectively, and support the Thunderbolt 2.0 standard, which offers 20 Gb/s of bandwidth over a single cable.

The cards aren't completely independent, and can't just be plugged into any motherboard with a PCI-Express 2.0 x4/x16 slot. It requires a special header that's used for timing, and low-level system interface, and optionally, an end-to-end DisplayPort (if you want to relay display from your graphics card through the common Thunderbolt pipe). A list of compatible motherboards can be found on the product page.


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HighPoint Unveils RAID 5 and RAID 6 Thunderbolt Storage Solution

HighPoint Technologies, a pioneering force in the storage industry for the past 18 years, unveils its latest Thunderbolt Storage Solution, the NA762TB. HighPoint's NA762TB is a full-featured storage powerhouse backed by industry proven hardware-RAID technology, and delivers the uncompromised performance, superior reliability, and effortless every-day usability demanded by today's leading media professionals.

The NA762TB seamlessly merges the simplicity and speed of Thunderbolt with HighPoint's industry proven RAID technology. Powered by a dedicated RAID processor with 512 MB of DDR3, & 8 removable SAS/SATA disk modules, the NA762TB is the ideal storage platform for professional applications that demand uncompromised performance, unparalleled data security, & effortless usability. The integrated hardware RAID technology was validated by HGST and G-Technology, and is suggested as a bundle with G-Speed eS PRO Mini-SAS Storage Solutions.

HighPoint Intros Thunderbolt Storage Companions for 2013 Mac Pro

HighPoint Technologies, a pioneering force in the storage industry for the past 18 years, delivers a diverse selection of Thunderbolt Storage products and solutions for Mac Pro platforms. From quick, convenient dual-bay storage docks with hot-swap connectivity, to professional class hardware-RAID storage towers, PCIe expansion enclosures and Rackmount chassis solutions. Easy to use, fast and versatile, HighPoint Thunderbolt Solutions are ideal storage companions for any 2013 Mac Pro workstation.

OWC Unveils the Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company debuted the addition of the OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis to its Helios line at CES 2014. The Helios 2 is a solution for using two single-width, or one single-width and one double-width, PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with Mac Pro (2013), Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots due to size and/or design limitations.

More Users Can Now Tap Into Power of PCIe and Thunderbolt
Desktop workstations used to be the only way computer users could access high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture/editing, media transcoding, audio processing, and data storage. Now, with Mercury Helios or Helios 2, users of portable, all-in-one computers, and the new Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro 2013 can enjoy the functionality and productivity gains of these PCIe cards wherever their work takes them.

DisplayPort Adds DockPort Extension to Royalty-Free VESA Standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that DockPort will be added as an official extension to the existing DisplayPort standard. DockPort is an emerging technology that enables high-speed USB 3.0 data over the existing DisplayPort connector. Originally developed by AMD, Texas Instruments, and other VESA member companies, the DockPort extension will allow notebooks, tablets and other small form factor computers to aggregate the display, data and power interfaces into a single convenient connector.

Computers and other smart devices require high-speed I/O ports to share high-resolution video with external displays, high-bandwidth data with external storage and other peripherals, and power for battery charging. As notebooks and tablets become thinner and more portable, consumers want to combine these three common interfaces into a single port on their mobile device. With a single DisplayPort connection using the new DockPort extension and enhanced power capabilities under development, consumers will be able to attach their computers or tablets to a docking station and have instant, hassle-free access to a wide array of external resources.

HP Unveils First 27-Inch Diagonal All-in-One Workstation With Touch Capability

HP today unveiled the second generation of the world's first and only all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display, the HP Z1, now available with Windows 8 Touch and Intel Thunderbolt 2 capabilities -- making it HP's most powerful, innovative and fully featured all-in-one workstation.

Ideal for knowledge workers and specialists in CAD, graphic arts and university education, the HP Z1G2 offers fast data transfer speeds for compute-intensive workloads and new technologies like Thunderbolt offer the flexibility for high-performance external expandability. Whether it's being used by an engineer creating 3-D components, an architect designing buildings or a videographer editing event footage, the HP Z1G2 gives creative professionals the power they need to bring ideas to life faster.

HP Launches Trio of All-in-One Desktops

HP today announced sleek, powerful and space-saving all-in-one (AiO) PCs, including the company's first built-for-business Android AiO.
Today's evolving workforce is driven by employees seeking technology that allows them to stay connected to everything that matters. Whether checking work email or browsing Facebook, they demand an experience that is intuitive and simple to use.

HP's sleek, stylish portfolio of business AiO desktops has been enhanced with Android business apps, efficient manageability tools and new security advancements that allow users to connect all of their information seamlessly without sacrificing business productivity.

LaCie Announces New Little Big Disk Lineup

Today, LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 at the 2014 International CES Show. The new LaCie Little Big Disk, one of the first storage solutions enabled by Thunderbolt 2, is the fastest portable storage solution on the market. It delivers speeds up to 1375Mb/s, which is several times faster than any mobile USB 3.0 hard drive. In addition to its industry-leading performance, LaCie worked with designer Neil Poulton to bring a cutting-edge look to the product. For the first time, the Little Big Disk features a sleek, black finish to its fully aluminium enclosure.

Perfect for no-compromise video professionals, the new LaCie Little Big Disk permits streaming and editing of 4K or 3D video while in the field - a giant leap forward for mobile post-production workflows. The LaCie Little Big Disk is powered by a set of 500GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs in RAID 0 to create a perfect blend of performance and capacity even in the most demanding workflow.

StarTech Releases a Thunderbolt Laptop Docking Station

StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts, has announced the availability of their new Thunderbolt Docking Station, which enables users to transform a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook or Ultrabook laptop into a powerful full-featured workstation, through a single Thunderbolt cable. The new docking station can be positioned vertically or horizontally to best suit the desk space, and includes a 1-meter Thunderbolt cable to provide a ready-to-connect docking solution right out of the box.

The docking station is the first from StarTech.com to feature a Thunderbolt host connection, and includes numerous high-performance peripheral connections including an integrated USB 3.0 hub with UASP support, 3.5 mm stereo mini-jacks for speaker and microphone support as well as both HDMI and Thunderbolt outputs. The Thunderbolt output port allows for up to six Thunderbolt devices, including an additional display, to be daisy-chained, all connected to a docked laptop through the single host cable connection.

New Apple Mac Pro Available Starting Tomorrow

Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro.

I-O Data Also Unveils Thunderbolt-Enabled USM Portable SSDs

Another product set to be released by I-O Data next month is a storage solution known as the HDUS-TBSSS Series which brings together a portable solid state drive with an USM (Universal Storage Module) interface and an USM to Thunderbolt adapter. This two-component offering makes use of either a 500 GB or 1 TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD and is capable of sequential read/write speeds of 264/240 MB/s.

The USM drive can be used without the Thunderbolt adapter (you'll need to connect it to a device that has USM support) or can be hooked up to an USB 3.0 adapter which, of course, is sold separately. The 500 GB and 1 TB HDUS-TBSSS Series drives come bundled with a 50 cm Thunderbolt cable and cost 72,800 yen (~ 706 USD) and 119,800 (~ 1,163 USD) yen, respectively. In addition to these models I-O Data will also introduce the HDUS-SS Series SSDs which come in 120 GB and 240 GB capacities and only feature the USM interface.

LG to Introduce Newest Premium Monitors at CES 2014

At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG Electronics (LG) will break new ground with the launch of its 34-inch IPS 21:9 UltraWide (Model UM95) monitor. Also available in a 29-inch version, the UM95 will offer stunning image clarity thanks to an UltraWide QHD resolution (3440 x 1440) display.

In addition to the UM95, LG will be showcasing a number of other exciting IPS 21:9 UltraWide series monitors at CES in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2014. Model UM65 (available in 25-, 29- and 34-inch display sizes) and model UB65 feature ergonomic designs ideal for the workplace environment. CES visitors will also be able to experience the Real 4K (Model 31MU95) and the latest Color Prime (Model 27MB85) monitors from LG. The company's newest monitors boast a long list of impressive features that make entertainment more immersive, multitasking easier than ever and work more productive. LG's exceptional IPS monitors have earned a reputation for providing superior picture quality with excellent color accuracy, motion clarity and off-axis viewing.

FirmTek Debuts the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G eSATA to Thunderbolt Adapter

FirmTek, LLC, a world-leading developer of external storage solutions, today is announcing and shipping the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G. Offering four high-speed 6-Gig eSATA ports using just a single Thunderbolt link, the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G supports both direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.

"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing," said Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "Products like FirmTek's ThunderTek/PX-Q6G help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible." Thunderbolt technology is the fastest connection possible to your Mac at 10 Gbps in each direction at the same time. Transfer HD movies in less than 30 seconds or backup a terabyte of content in less than 5 minutes. All of this is possible with Thunderbolt.

Akitio Thunder Dock Now Available

Akitio, a leading manufacturer of storage solutions, announced today that the Akitio Thunder Dock is now available with an MSRP of just $269. Stock is limited, so if you haven't pre-ordered your docking station already, head over to our shop now. The Thunderbolt dock links past, present and future technology to your computer with just one Thunderbolt cable. The new Thunder Dock allows you to access your data on both legacy and future storage drives by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800. It also has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining additional Thunderbolt devices and storage.

GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH Board Gets Dual Port Thunderbolt 2 Certification

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced official certification of the latest dual port Thunderbolt 2 technology on the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH motherboard. Code-named 'Falcon Ridge', the new Intel Thunderbolt 2 controller supports an incredible 20 Gb/s aggregated data transfer simultaneously across two channels per port.

"GIGABYTE is delighted to announce official certification of Intel's latest Thunderbolt technology on our flagship 8 series motherboard," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "This underlines our commitment to offering our customers the absolute fastest connectivity options, placing GIGABYTE at the forefront of technological innovation."

PROMISE Announces Availability of Pegasus2 Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solution

PROMISE Technology, Inc. today announced the availability of Pegasus2, the first and only storage solution designed to work with Thunderbolt 2 enabled systems such as the all-new Mac Pro, which is built for the creative experience of photographers, video professionals, power users, and more.

Thunderbolt 2 delivers 20 Gbps of bandwidth, a game changer for content creators, allowing for simultaneous transfer and display of high-bandwidth 3D and 4K video files. Pegasus2 maximizes the available line rate of Thunderbolt 2, providing ultra-fast throughput for remote site, on set, or remote office mobile storage in 4K rich media workflows, post-production or broadcasting.

DisplayPort Certified Systems up 63% in 2013

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it certified 300 new DisplayPort products in 2013, a 63% increase in the number of certified products. Products that passed VESA's rigorous compliance test, which qualifies products to feature the distinctive orange-and-black DisplayPort logo, include desktop and notebook computers, displays, graphic cards, cables and adaptors. This year, for the first time, 4K Ultra-HD (UHD) televisions and 4K computer displays have also been DisplayPort certified and introduced into the market.

"Consumers increasingly seek out the DisplayPort logo when purchasing new computers, displays and other products," explained Bill Lempesis, VESA executive director. "DisplayPort's thorough certification process assures the buyer that their new DisplayPort purchase is flawlessly interactive with other DisplayPort products. DisplayPort is constantly evolving, with new features like multiple display streaming over a single cable, and 4K x 2K display resolution at 60 Hz with up to 30-bit per pixel color depth."

Buffalo DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt External Drive Launched in Europe

Buffalo Technology, the global manufacturer of innovative storage, networking and wireless solutions, today launches one of the world's fastest portable storage devices, the DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt SSD edition (SSD-WAT).

Featuring two SSD drives as well as two Thunderbolt ports; the device offers unparalleled interface transfer speeds, more than double those of regular Thunderbolt SSD drives and at least four times faster than USB 3.0. Its read speed exceeds 760 MB/s and write speeds are more than 615 MB/s, enabling users to transfer up to 800 MB of data (or 1,000 photos) in just 1.3 seconds.

Intel's 2014 Thunderbolt Controller Detailed

Intel is continuing on its mission to establish Thunderbolt as the next universal device interconnect standard, despite steep competition from the 5 Gb/s USB 3.0, the upcoming 10 Gb/s USB 3.1, and stringent validation and licensing barriers on its own end. To that effect, the company outlined its mainstream Thunderbolt controller, which it plans to launch some time in 2014. The company is planning two major introductions to the standard, to help it compete against USB - power delivery, and ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) networking.

The controller, Broadwell Thunderbolt-LP, isn't designed too differently from what's available in the market. It handles a 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt link by aggregating two 10 Gb/s channels, relays DisplayPort 1.2 from the system's graphics device, and connects to the rest of the system over PCIe 2.0 x2. The chip is built in the 8 x 8 mm package, and features operational and idle TDP ratings of 1.5W and 1mW, respectively. The changes Intel is making to the standard will enable power delivery of up to 53W over a standard tethered cable. That's enough power to run a drive dock with up to six 3.5-inch hard drives, or a small (<24-inch) flat-screen monitor. The other big feature is ad-hoc networking, which enables people to set up peer-to-peer 20 Gb/s connections between two PCs much in the same way they did with USB and RS232, back in the day. While it's no Ethernet replacement, it could prove useful in certain environments, such as content-creation. Intel is expected to make some Thunderbolt-related announcements at CES, next January.

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LaCie Doubles Capacity of Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive

Today, LaCie announced that its award-winning Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series hard drive is now available in a 2 TB version. With double the storage of its predecessor, the new LaCie Rugged is the highest capacity bus-powered storage solution with Thunderbolt technology on the market. Plus, the 2 TB model achieves speeds up to 127 MB/s, a 15 percent increase from the previous version. With these speeds users can transfer 750 RAW photos or one HD movie in less than one minute. Built for heavy data users who require complete mobility, the LaCie Rugged is the ideal sidekick to a new Mac or Ultrabook.

"With video and photo file sizes increasing exponentially, creative pros are generating more digital content than ever before," said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Manager, LaCie. "Today, we've addressed their number one demand by doubling the LaCie Rugged's capacity. This allows on-the-go pros to store more data on fewer drives and lets them stay in the field longer."

Silicon Power Launches the Thunder T11 External Thunderbolt Palm Drive

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, announces the revolutionary Thunderbolt solid state drive- Thunder T11. As the pioneer of storage technology advance, Silicon Power's endeavors to optimize professionals' user experience and is honored to present the brand new SSD- Thunder T11. The revolutionary palm drive utilizes Intel's Thunderbolt technology and is now officially certified by Intel and Apple. With the adoption of advanced Thunderbolt technology, Thunder T11 symbolizes the new age of storage solutions and assures users of absolute reliability, capability and compatibility for both MAC and PC users.

"Thunderbolt technology can come in small palm size packages for true mobility", said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "We are pleased with Silicon Power's support for Thunderbolt technology and bringing Thunderbolt mobile storage to the next level for professional consumers."

ASRock Unveils the Z87 Extreme11/ac Motherboard

Amid the heaps of Z87 chipset motherboards which have already been around for a while, there can only be one that rises from the top with its delicacy and perfection. The long wait has ended, here comes the king of all Intel 8 Series motherboards. All hail ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac, the most high end Z87 motherboard on the face of earth!

Insane Specs: 22 SATA3 (16 SAS-3 12 Gb/s) / 4-Way Multi-GPU / Thunderbolt 2
Using out of the world to describe ASRock's flagship motherboard Z87 Extreme11/ac is actually an understatement. This motherboard boasts a whopping 22 SATA3 ports, including 6 SATA3 ports by Intel Z87 chipset, and another 16 SAS-3 12.0 Gb/s ports from the added LSI SAS 3008 Controller plus 3X24R Expander, which can reach up to an unearthly 6.1 GB/s transfer speed!

Intel Announces "Thunderbolt ready" Upgrade Program for Motherboards, PCs

The past year has seen a flurry of Thunderbolt related activity. Already present on every current Apple Mac, Thunderbolt has continued to grow within PC circles. And the Thunderbolt ecosystem responded, with over 100 Thunderbolt devices now shipping and available, most certified for both Mac and PC. Thunderbolt makes new experiences possible and developers are seeking to take advantage of Thunderbolt's key benefits, including simultaneous data and display transfer, with speeds of up to 10 Gbps, and daisy-chain connectivity of up to six devices. Building upon that foundation, the first Thunderbolt 2 systems were introduced in October this year, with speeds up to 20 Gbps, and support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol. Thunderbolt is clearly the fastest, most versatile connection to your PC.

Now we have a new announcement for you - an exciting new program to quickly expand the footprint of Thunderbolt for desktop and workstation users. This new initiative is called "Thunderbolt ready", and it enables PC manufacturers to offer Thunderbolt upgradeable motherboards within desktop and workstation computers. By using a Thunderbolt card, Thunderbolt's blazing fast speed and uncompressed video capabilities can now be added to any motherboard that includes a GPIO header (general purpose input/output header), so even if your system doesn't have Thunderbolt it is now possible to "upgrade" to it. Users that are interested in adding Thunderbolt 2 technology to an existing Thunderbolt ready system can combine a Thunderbolt card with a growing number of enabled motherboards, all identified by the use of the "Thunderbolt ready" moniker. The Thunderbolt ready program makes it simple to identify which components work together to upgrade your PC with Thunderbolt 2 capability.

Elgato Introduces the Thunderbolt Drive+ Portable SSD

Elgato today launched the Thunderbolt Drive+, a portable storage solution that houses a solid state drive and features both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity. This new drive measures 83 x 21 x 131 mm. it weighs 270 grams, has an IP64-rated (dust and water splash resistant) metal enclosure, and delivers transfer speeds of up to 420 MB/s.

The Thunderbolt Drive+ comes in 256 GB and 512 GB versions which are priced at $499.95/€499.95 and $899.95/€899.95, respectively.

Buffalo Also Unveils a Thunderbolt-enabled External Drive

In addition to readying the RUF3-PW Series flash drives, Buffalo is also set to introduce a speedy new external drive that uses Thunderbolt connectivity, the SSD-WAT Series. Suited for video editing and other intensive work, the upcoming drive measures 154 x 102 x 45 mm, it weighs 540 grams, has an aluminum chassis, active cooling, and it packs two solid state drives set in RAID0 which enable speeds of up to 763 MB/s. The drive includes two Thunderbolt (10 Gbps) ports to allow daisy chaining of up to six devices.

The SSD-WAT Series drive will ship in 256 GB (78,015 yen / ~ 790 USD), 512 GB (111,615 yen / ~ 1,131 USD) and 1 TB (189,000 yen / ~ 1,916 USD) capacities.
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