Thunderbolt

Intel Thunderbolt 2 offers 4K video display and transfer

Intel Thunderbolt 2 offers 4K video display and transfer

Back in April, Intel teased an update to Thunderbolt at the National Association of Broadcasters show, and today has revealed that officially as the Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 builds upon the current Thunderbolt technology to offer 4K video transfer and display simultaneously. Current plans have production starting the end of this year, and kicking into full gear in 2014.

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Review

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Review

After over a year of waiting, Belkin has finally released its Thunderbolt Express Dock. It was originally announced last year in January and was slated for a September 2012 release, but that obviously never happened. However, Belkin just launched the $299 dock yesterday, and we’ve taken the time to give it a good look-over and test it out for ourselves. Personally, as a MacBook Pro user who is constantly docking and undocking my laptop at my desk, I wanted to see if Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock would make the whole process easier. Let’s find out how it fared.

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock finally arrives, only seven months late

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock finally arrives, only seven months late

It's taken a while - a very long while - but Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock has finally hit shelves, offering Mac users a simple way to hook up a workstation's-worth of peripherals by stringing a single cable. First announced back in January 2012, and clearly missing its original release date in September of the same year, the $299.99 Thunderbolt Express Dock offers three USB 3.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, and a pass-through Thunderbolt connector of its own, among other things.

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Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt: 20Gbps throughput and 4K support

Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt: 20Gbps throughput and 4K support

At NAB 2013, Intel just announced the next-generation of Thunderbolt, codenamed "Falcon Ridge," which is Apple's latest protocol for file transfer, as well as transmitting video. Intel says that the next-generation Thunderbolt protocol will be able to push 20Gbps and will support 4K video when it's planned to launch in 2014.

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Drobo Mini Review

Drobo Mini Review

If backup and external storage had a hope of ever being fashionable, then Drobo would probably be the industry icon. Trying its level best to make data devilishly interesting since 2007, the company's primary claim to fame from its glossy black obelisks is their packaging of drive redundancy to an audience who either doesn't understand, or who doesn't want to be bothered with, RAID definitions. Now, there's the Drobo Mini, a compact version intended to take four drives mobile and give them a shot of SSD speed along the way. Read on for our full review.

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LaCie 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro hands-on

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro hands-on

Should LaCie's Blade Runner have enough style but not enough space for your external data needs, fear not; the company has a pair of new 5big arrays with a choice of network or Thunderbolt connectivity for those with big storage demands. The 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro each follow the monolithic design language of previous LaCie drives - all brushed aluminum and glaring blue power-light "eye" - but offer up to 20TB of capacity or optional RAID redundancy.

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Optical Cables by Corning brings Thunderbolt cables to the budget crowd

Optical Cables by Corning brings Thunderbolt cables to the budget crowd

We all know how expensive cables for our beloved devices can be, especially things like their Thunderbolt cables direct from an Apple Store. Today the folks from Corning announced a brand new sister company called Optical Cables by Corning, and they'll be delivering longer, more durable and lightweight cables for a low price. More details below.

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Thunderbolt cables go fiber optic (up to 100 feet long!)

Thunderbolt cables go fiber optic (up to 100 feet long!)

This week the folks at Sumitomo Electric Industries have announced that they're the first group in the world to receive certification from Intel to produce optical Thunderbolt cables - time to get long! This means that once they get moving with production, SEI will be able to produce cords up to 100 feet in length rather than the approximately 10 foot length they're limited to today. While today's Thunderbolt cable requires metal components that limit their length to about the size of a desk, we'll soon be rolling out across the whole room with optical builds.

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LaCie d2 external HD rebooted with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

LaCie d2 external HD rebooted with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

It's time for the LaCie d2 external hard drive to be re-released, this time with a boost that should, by all means, make it into a brand new device altogether. What we're looking at here is what's now called the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series and it's ready for universal connectivity like no other. This machine works with the fabulous speeds of USB 3.0 for a large cross-section of brand new machines and hits speeds to the max with no less than Thunderbolt connectivity for speeds up to two times that of FireWire 800.

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mLogic introduces new mLink Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis

mLogic introduces new mLink Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis

Apple's line up of Mac computers and laptops are certainly cool, but some of them like the MacBook Air and iMac don't provide as much power as some users need. This is where mLogic has decided to step in, introducing a new mLink PCIe expansion chassis that comes with support for Thunderbolt. This means that you can hook the mLink up to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and open up a ton of new possibilities with your computer.

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LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt v2 packs SATA III SSDs for 635MB/s

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt v2 packs SATA III SSDs for 635MB/s

LaCie has updated its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt drive, boosting speed by up to a third over the already-whippet-like first-gen model. Now including a pair of SATA III SSDs, with read speeds up to 635MB/s, the new Little Big Disk is still clad in a distinctive aluminum chassis but delivers, LaCie claims, the fastest Thunderbolt rates around.

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Lucid Thunderbolt External GPU demoed for undeniable Ultrabook gaming boost

Lucid Thunderbolt External GPU demoed for undeniable Ultrabook gaming boost

This week during Intel's Developers Forum, Lucid showed off a lovely Thunderbolt External Graphics solution that'll have you Ultrabook owners flipping over the possibilities. Here with this non-finalized piece of hardware, you'll be plugging in graphics power from Lucid with very little effort, bringing visual power from Lucid's external hardware that was never before possible in such a tiny package as your current-generation Ultrabook. What Lucid showed off here is your ability - in the near future - to turn your Ultrabook into a real hardcore gaming machine.

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