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Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Goes On Sale

Elgato Systems has today expanded its Thunderbolt-supporting product portfolio through the release of the Thunderbolt Dock. Seen below, this 'all-in-one' dock measures 17.8 x 8 x 2.5 cm and includes two Thunderbolt connectors, three USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, one HDMI 1.4 output (to drive up to 2560x1600-pixel displays), plus a microphone input and an audio output.

Elgato's Thunderbolt Dock comes bundled with a Thunderbolt cable and costs $229.95/€219.95.

Gigabyte Unveils the U21MD 3-In-1 Mobile Device

The 11.6" U21MD, a 3-in-1 Laptop, heralds a new era in innovative technology from GIGABYTE. The U21MD has a swivel hinge that allows it to be converted into a tablet or a laptop. It also comes with an innovative docking station (D21) thus allowing it to be transformed into a desktop! It comes with the latest 4th Gen. Intel Core Processor, multiple connectivity ports, dual storage system, and Dolby Home Theater v4 technology making this versatile laptop an excellent choice for users looking for multifaceted usability.

Super thin and light at 0.78 in./20 mm and only weighing 3 lbs/1.39 Kg (m-SSD)/ or 3.28 lbs/1.49 kg (HDD), the U21MD is designed to provide the user with high mobility. The U21MD is the only laptop currently offering unmatched 3-in-1 flexibility for users looking for a versatile laptop.

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.

Xilence Expands Product Portfolio With SSD Docks

Xilence, a specialist in power supplies, cooling and noise reduction solutions for PCs and notebooks, announced that their famous internal SSD/HDD docks are back in portfolio. "We had a very good feedback in the past regarding the internal removable storage media device and decided to sale it also in new portfolio because of the customer feedback," told Michael Albes, chairman of Xilence GmbH.

The SSD-/HDD-Dock can be easily integrated in the 5.25 bay of a PC and offers space for two 2.5 SSDs that will be connected via Hot Swap - when the system is running. The SSD-/HDD-Dock offers two additional USB 3.0 ports that can be used via the control panel if the 19 pin USB 3.0 plug is connected to the motherboard.

ASUS Announces New Transformer Pad TF701T with 2560 x 1600 Display

ASUS today announced the new Transformer Pad TF701T, a 10.1-inch Android tablet with a stunning 2560 x 1600 IPS display, the latest high-performance NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor and a lightweight Mobile Dock with USB 3.0.

The new ASUS Transformer Pad is perfect for on-the-go entertainment, thanks to a durable metallic design that's just 8.9mm thick and weighs 585g. A high-quality speaker with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology gives loud, clear sound for music, movies and games, while the 17-hour battery life when docked means the new ASUS Transformer Pad lasts for two full working days between charges.

Akasa Rolls Out DuoDock X WiFi HDD Dock

With a wireless docking station Akasa DuoDock X WiFi you can connect at barbecue to your home music collection. One click with your finger on smartphone and you have access to all your albums. You plug phone into friends speakers and play favorite song of the old crew. All of a sudden everybody stopped talking, this moment when the melody begins, this smile on everyone faces, all those memories of crazy stuff you have done together with this music in the old times. Moments like this are priceless in life.

This is just one of many examples, how you can use new Akasa wireless docking station. Many TV sets, consoles which support Universal Plug and Play technology, can easily connect to all data on DuoDock X WiFi. There will be also no problem for all tablets and laptops with built in wireless adapter. You can have access to thousands of movies and hundred of thousands songs without actually having it on every single device. Do you want to watch new movie in bedroom on TV or tablet? Now you can do it easily without actually leaving your bed. The world becomes wireless. Make a good use from it!

Belkin Releases USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stands for Ultrabooks and Tablets

Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, today announced the release of two new docking stands: a Dual Video Docking Stand for Windows 8 tablets and Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks, making mobile computing easier and more productive for business users. The stands, which leverage DisplayLink technology, allow users to turn an Ultrabook or Windows 8 tablet into a full-function desktop with a single plug-and-display USB 3.0 cable. Belkin will showcase the docking stands and other mobile computing solutions at COMPUTEX TAIPEI in Taiwan, June 4-8.

"Greater mobility and the need for an improved user experience are increasingly important to organizations that care about worker productivity and its impact on overall efficiency," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., principal analyst, Mobile Trax. "Belkin has developed an interesting set of docking stands that really optimize the functionality of Ultrabooks, and particularly Windows 8 Tablets, in the business environment. This is a great step forward for mobile computing at the enterprise level."

Icy Dock Also Announces FlexCage 5x 3.5-inch Enclosure

Introducing the FlexCage MB975SP-B, a 5-in-3 Tray-less SATA 6Gbps HDD Cage for 3.5" SATA hard drives. The FlexCage focuses on maximizing storage density, while using the least amount of 5.25" device bays possible. To complement the device, the FlexCage uses features such as: Elegant plug & play Tray-less design, replaceable 80mm cooling fan, 3 speed fan control with Smart Cooling Technology, and full control of your drive with individual power buttons. With a large density of drive storage, it can be used in consumer, enthusiast, and system integrator systems that hot swap drives frequently. The FlexCage is compatible with most gaming / media / server computer cases, and it is perfect for file server application such as unRAID, Windows home server and others.

The MB975SP-B is designed to maximize space use by allowing up to 5 x 3.5" SATA III hard drives, while only consuming 3 x 5.25" device bays. The FlexCage also only requires three 15-pin power ports to power up to five 3.5" hard drives. Last but not least, the FlexCage is equipped with our proven tray-less technology - no screws or tools are necessary to insert or eject the drives, making hot swapping a completely hassle free experience.

DisplayLink Launches New Mac OS X Driver for USB Docking

DisplayLink, the leading provider of USB Graphics technology, today launched its latest software driver extending USB Graphics support for Mac OSX platforms. Following strong feedback from DisplayLink MAC OSX demonstrations at CES 2013, the company today announced availability of the latest V2.0 DisplayLink Mac driver supporting up to 4 simultaneous displays over monitors and docking stations enabled by the company's award winning chips and software technology.

"We're excited to be launching the new Mac V2.0 driver," said John Cummins, Vice President Sales and Marketing, "We've experienced a growing demand from the Mac community and witnessed an increase in Mac users both in consumer and enterprise markets globally, and invested heavily to bring our Mac support forwards."

DisplayLink to Demonstrate WiGig and USB Docking Expansion

DisplayLink, the leading provider of USB Graphics technology, today announced plans to show the latest solutions for Wireless and USB Docking at Interop 2013. Targeting Ultrabook and Tablet expansion and connectivity for business users, DisplayLink will feature wireless WiGig Docking, Enterprise Class USB Docking, and the latest Mac drivers, with demonstrations to be held at the Interop Expo.

Introducing the latest solutions, John Cummins, VP Sales and Marketing for DisplayLink said, "IT Managers are struggling with BYOD. At Interop 2013, DisplayLink will showcase our customer's products, including monitor-docks for tablets with touch screen and integrated Webcams, WiGig Docks for wireless graphics and peripheral expansion, and Enterprise-Class USB Docks with multiple display connections for both Windows and Mac. These products solve problems and enhance productivity."

Icy Dock Ships the FlexCage MB974SP-2B

Introducing the FlexCage MB974SP-2B, a 4-in-3 Tray-less SATA 6Gbps HDD Cage for 3.5" SATA hard drives. The FlexCage brings enthusiast preferred features such as: plug & play Tray-less design, replaceable 80mm cooling fan, 3 speed fan control with Smart Cooling Technology, integrated USB 3.0 hub, and full control of your drive with individual childproof power buttons. It is designed to be used in consumer and enthusiast systems such as, gaming / media computer cases, and home servers that hot swap frequently.

The MB974SP-2B is designed to maximize space use by allowing up to 4 x 3.5" SATA 6Gbps hard drives, while only consuming three 5.25" device bays. The FlexCage also only requires two 15-pin power ports to power up to four 3.5" hard drives. The FlexCage is equipped with our renowned tray-less technology - no screws or tools are necessary to insert or eject the drives, making hot swapping a completely hassle free experience.

DisplayLink Announces New USB 3.0 Apple Mac Driver and Showcases at CES 2013

DisplayLink, the leading provider of USB Graphics technology, today announced new USB 3.0 Mac Drivers, and showcasing the latest USB 3.0 Docking Stations at CES 2013, enabling users of the Mac products to benefit from DisplayLink's Award Winning Chip and Software Technology.

DisplayLink enabled docking stations, coupled with a Mac Book, enables up to 4 additional displays, keyboard, mouse, audio and Ethernet connectivity for a full desktop / workstation productivity environment. There is strong demand from the Mac community wishing to benefit from the productivity enhancements offered with a single cable USB docking station.

"Due to high demand from the Mac community adding Mac support to our operating system lineup was high on DisplayLink's priority list," said John Cummins, Vice President Sales and Marketing for the company. "We see Mac usage increasing in both consumer and enterprise markets globally since we released our previous USB 2.0 products. We've invested heavily to add support for the entire DisplayLink Chipset family, and are truly excited to announce this ahead of schedule here at CES."

ASUS Launches the VariDrive Accessory Based on DisplayLink's Graphics Technology

DisplayLink, the leading provider of technology for virtual graphics and USB-connected computing and ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announced the launch of their VariDrive USB 3.0 Media Docking device, which has been honored by the CEA for 2013 CES Innovations. The Varidrive combines an external slot-loading optical Multi DVD combo drive, with a DisplayLink enabled SuperSpeed docking station for UltraBook expansion and is housed in an ultra portable form factor.

The new ASUS VariDrive product is the perfect match for UltraBooks and notebooks alike, providing all the much-needed peripheral expansion options that users today demand. VariDrive includes an 8X multi DVD read/write combo drive and a docking station with HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI Audio, all in a stylish form factor.

HighPoint Launches Next Generation eSATA Storage Docks

HighPoint Technologies, Inc., a leading SAS, SATA and USB 3.0 HBA and storage solutions manufacturer, Proudly announces the next generation of eSATA storage devices; boosting performance from 3 Gb/s to 6 Gb/s – the RocketStor 5322 Dual 6 Gb/s eSATA Storage Dock. HighPoint's innovative dual-dedicated 6 Gb/s eSATA architecture optimizes the transfer speeds of 6 Gb/s SATA storage devices. Each of the RocketStor 5322s dual 6 Gb/s SATA bays is built for today's fastest SATA storage devices, and deliver twice the performance of eSATA 3Gb/s storage docks - up to 12 Gb/s of aggregated transfer bandwidth.

HighPoint's no-compromise approach to eSATA technology aims to revolutionize desktop and workstation storage. The RocketStor 5322 overcomes the known performance shortfalls of existing 3 Gb/s eSATA devices and delivers dual-dedicated 6 Gb/s eSATA host connectivity. Each 6 Gb/s SATA bay is capable of fully leveraging the performance potential of today's high-speed SATA 6 Gb/s SSD's.

Vantec Expands NexStar Hard Drive Dock Adding Wi-Fi

Vantec Thermal Technologies—a worldwide leader specializing in computer accessories, storage and mobile solutions—announces the new addition to the Hard Drive Dock lineup, the NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock.

The new model, NexStar WiFi, allows users to connect wirelessly to the data stored in the user's hard drive over the Hard Drive Dock's Wi-Fi signal. This allows anyone with Wi-Fi capable devices to connect to the NexStar WiFi. In addition, Vantec has released Apps ready on the Apple App StoreSM and Google Play Store to work with the new NexStar WiFi.

ASUS Announces x86 11.6-inch VivoTab Windows 8 Tablet

ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces VivoTab, a thin and light tablet featuring Windows 8. With an MSRP starting from US$799, VivoTab has an 11.6" multi-touch HD display, Wacom digitizer stylus and Intel Atom dual-core processor for an excellent combination of performance and energy efficiency. Its optional Mobile Dock offers increased productivity too, thanks to its full keyboard and a built-in battery that gives up to 19 hours' mobile use.

ASUS VivoTab has a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor with enhanced performance and incredible energy efficiency allowing Windows 8 to run both, the latest software and legacy applications, giving users a wide choice of software for every need. VivoTab's 11.6" multi-touch display has a pin-sharp 1366 x 768 HD resolution with vibrant colors, wide viewing angles and superior outdoor visibility, thanks to the amazing brightness of its Super IPS+ technology. ASUS TruVivid technology enhances image clarity still further by reducing the display thickness, while scratch-resistant Corning Fit glass with anti-fingerprint coating keeps the screen crystal-clear.

Sharkoon Announces Vertical Docking Station for SATA Hard Drives

Sharkoon presents two external hard drive docking stations for the USB3.0 interface, in which unobstructed SATA hard drives can be quickly and without effort connected to a computer or notebook. The two Sharkoon Vertical Docking USB3.0 stations, with a choice of either one or two fast-swap bays for SATA hard drives in 3.5 inch format, are equipped internally with a SATA II interface and externally with a USB3.0 SuperSpeed interface.

The disks are easily inserted upright lengthwise into the hard drive bay. A lockable front flap secures the drives against unwanted access while a rear fan helps prevent unwanted heat. The Sharkoon Vertical Docking Single USB3.0 Station with its hard drive bay and 40 mm fan measures 212 x 44 x 129 mm (L x W x H) and weighs 650 g. The Sharkoon Vertical Docking Duo USB3.0 Station with its two individually lockable hard drive bays and 50 mm fan measures 222 x 83 x 134 mm (L x W x H) and weighs 860 g.

ORICO Intros 6518 Series Slide-in HDD Dock

ORICO introduced the 6518 series HDD dock that lets you snap in 3.5-inch (or smaller) SATA hard drives or solid-state drives, and connect them to a host over a choice of USB 3.0 or SATA 3 Gb/s interfaces. The enclosure is bus-powered when connected via USB, and needs an external DC power input when connected via eSATA. The body of the 6518 is made of ABS plastic, and is available in jet-black and silver color options. The dock provides basic power and activity indicators. ORICO did not reveal pricing or availability information.

Source: Expreview

Sharkoon 3-in-1 QuickPort with eSATA, USB3.0 Now Comes with FireWire

Sharkoon is expanding their range of "QuickPort" docking stations: The Sharkoon SATA QuickPort U3 FireWire is a true all-round talent in terms of fast data transfer and connectivity diversity. The hard drive adapter not only supports the eponymous FireWire standard, but with USB3.0 and eSATA also two other external interface standards. With the additional FireWire port Sharkoon now especially appeals to the Mac community, since their Apple devices primarily use a FireWire interface.

The new QuickPort model also provides three IEEE-1394 ports: one for the older 1394a standard (FireWire 400) and two for the faster 1394b standard (FireWire 800). The appropriate connection cables for all available ports are enclosed. The internal SATA interface supports the SATA standards 1.5 Gb/s to 6 Gb/s.

ICY DOCK Announces SATA to USB 3.0 and eSATA HDD Dock

Icy Dock is proud to introduce the MB981U3S-1S 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & eSATA interface. This product emphasizes the performance and accessibility of your 2.5" & 3.5" SATA hard drive or SSD, a versatile tool for gamers, IT professionals, home, or office users.

The MB981U3S-1S multi interface allows universal adaptability with various PCs or Macs, whether they are newest Macbook with lighting fast USB 3.0 interface, or your 2 year old desktop PC with eSATA interface or even with a 90s computer with a USB 2.0 interface, they are all covered by MB981U3S-1S. The MB981U3S-1S uses tool-less plug & play design for both 2.5" & 3.5" SATA hard disk and solid state drives - simply slide in the drive and power on the device and play. This is an excellent solution for using a hard drive without the hassle of installation and allows you quickly swap drives just seconds.

Century Intros 12.5 mm-thick 2.5-inch Drive Dock

Century Japan released a new drive dock (model: CMRK-S4) for PCs with vacant 5.25-inch drive bays, which provides four 2.5-inch SATA hot-swap drive bays, supporting drives as thick as 12.5 mm (such as WD VelociRaptor without its heatsink, or Seagate Cheetah. The four bays have lockable caddies. Since this is a passive dock, the SATA connections are relayed to the back. The four bays are cooled by a 40 mm exhaust fan on the back. The fan spins at speeds of around 4,000 RPM, with noise output around 25 dBA. Measuring 145.7 x 149.3 x 41.6 mm (WxDxH), the dock weighs 500 g, owing to its mostly metallic built. Slated for early August, it is expected to be priced at 3,980 JPY (US $50).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Fresco Logic Demonstrates the World's First Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 Dock Application

Fresco Logic Inc., a global leading fabless semiconductor company providing advanced solutions that deliver highly-efficient connectivity, such as USB 3.0 and PCI Express for next-generation consumer electronics, personal computing, storage and mobile devices, today demonstrates Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 docking at Computex Taipei 2012.

The upstream of the Dock offers simultaneous bi-directional, 10 Gbps transfer speeds over a single Thunderbolt cable. The downstream features USB 3.0 connectivity, Ethernet, and HDMI. Users can connect multiple Thunderbolt-enabled or USB3.0 enabled devices to transfer large files while watching Full HD 1080p movies and view cloud content at Gigabit Ethernet speed.

ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock Boosts Connectivity and Expansion in a Small Package

DisplayLink, the leading provider of technology for virtual graphics and USB-connected computing, announces availability of the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock, powered by the DL-3900 Dual Head Graphics chip with integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Audio.

"Lenovo's latest ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock takes full advantage of the bandwidth offered under SuperSpeed USB to achieve exceptional graphics and video performance in an unprecedented form-factor," said John Cummins, VP of sales and marketing for DisplayLink. "Lenovo has completely redesigned the product and packaging around the new ASIC to offer smart connection and expansion for Ultrabooks and computers over a single USB 3.0 cable connection."

ORICO Readies Dock for Ultrabook and MacBook Air

ORICO is working on a new line of slimline docks for Intel Ultrabook and Apple MacBook Air, which expand USB connectivity and provide an additional display output. Available in carbon black and white, the docks include a USB 3.0 hub with as many as five downstream USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayLink video adapter with DVI and HDMI output, and a gigabit Ethernet interface. The dock probably includes NAS functionality with mass storage devices attached to its USB ports. On top of all these, the dock includes fans to let it perform its primary function of cooling the Ultrabook or MacBook Air.

Source: Expreview

ORICO Rolls Out USB 3.0/eSATA Quad-Bay SATA Drive Dock

ORICO has taken the HDD dock to another level by releasing a model that not only supports up to four drives but also includes two speedy connectivity options - USB 3.0 (5.0 Gbps) and eSATA (3.0 Gbps). This quad-bay dock measures 142 x 217 x 80 mm, it weights 964 grams, has hot swap capabilities, and offers support for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA drives with capacities of up to 3 TB.

ORICO's Quadruple SATA HDD Dock is available here for $119.

Source: The Red Ferret Journal
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