Shortly after the launch of Intel’s Thunderbolt interface in 2011, there was a great deal of discussion to be had in several camps over what the future of data and display interfaces may hold. Thunderbolt was a very intriguing interface, not only on a raw bandwidth basis but also on the basis of being able to reduce cable clutter by bringing data and display connectivity to a single small Mini DisplayPort connection. But with those capabilities came concern over the fact that Intel held exclusive control over the technology, and that its PCI-Express roots made the product more complex/expensive than what some manufacturers and system builders were willing to support. The end result was that a few different ideas were floated as potential Thunderbolt competitors...

LaCie Little Big Disk (2TB) Review: More Affordable Thunderbolt Storage

Thunderbolt is the absolute fastest consumer interface available for users who want high-speed external storage. We proved this in our Pegasus R6 review where we sustained transfer rates of...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2011

Early Benchmarks and Teardown of LaCie Little Big Disk

LaCie released its first Thunderbolt-equipped storage solution called Little Big Disk (LBD) last week, and some people have already received their units. A user ender21 over at MacRumors Forums...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/26/2011

The Apple Thunderbolt Display Review

Ever since I moved to a notebook as my main work computer I've become increasingly annoyed with the process of actually moving my notebook-as-a-desktop around. At my desk I've...

288 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/23/2011

LaCie Brings (more) Affordable Thunderbolt Storage to Macs with Little Big Disk, Available in Retail

At IDF I met with LaCie and got a quick demo of its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. The heavy metal chassis is home to two 2.5" drive...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2011

LaCie's Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Chassis at IDF

I met with LaCie this morning to talk about its upcoming Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. Unlike the Promise Pegasus R4/R6, the Little Big Disk only accommodates two...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Tons of Thunderbolt Peripherals at IDF

We've been asking for more Thunderbolt devices and it looks like we're seeing the first examples of that today at IDF. Check out the gallery below for a bunch...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Meet the 2012 Thunderbolt Controllers: Cactus Ridge

Image Courtesy iFixit Thunderbolt has seen limited use this year - the standard has only been implemented by Apple and Sony, the rest of the PC market will have to...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

The Thunderbolt Devices Trickle In: Magma's ExpressBox 3T

Intel's Thunderbolt interface is frustratingly fast. The frustration comes from the fact that there just aren't many Thunderbolt devices out on the market today, not to mention that the...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

Sonnet Announces Thunderbolt to ExpressCard/34 Adapter

Sonnet announced a Thunderbolt to ExpressCard/34 adapter today. The exact name of the product is the Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter and it is simply a box with an...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 8/25/2011

Village Instruments CEO Promises Graphics Card Enclosure for Thunderbolt

Village Instruments CEO Hubert Chen wrote an open letter to Facebook last week, attempting to gague customer interest in an external PCI Express graphics card enclosure for Thunderbolt. He...

19 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/3/2011

Eagle Ridge: The Cheaper, (optionally) Smaller Thunderbolt Controller

If you've seen any of the new Thunderbolt Macs torn apart you will recognize the piece of silicon above. That flip-chip package is Intel's first Thunderbolt controller, codename: Light...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/28/2011

PROMISE Shows Off Pegasus R6 For The Camera (Professionals)

Our R6 review left us with a lingering question: who was this speed for? Now we know. Adobe and PROMISE demonstrated just how good their Thunderbolt equipped Pegasus R6...

4 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/27/2011

Apple Updates Cinema Display, It's a Thunderbolt Display Now

Along with today’s MacBook Air and Mac mini updates, Apple has also updated their 27” Cinema Display. The display now goes by a new name: the Apple Thunderbolt Display...

94 by Kristian Vättö on 7/20/2011

2011 Mac Mini goes Sandy Bridge: Specs, details and our thoughts

The Mac mini is yet another Mac to be updated with Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs and Thunderbolt. The Mini saw its last update on June 15th 2010 so a...

87 by Kristian Vättö on 7/20/2011

Promise Pegasus R6 & Mac Thunderbolt Review

One by one the barriers to mobile computing have been falling. In the early days you could move to a notebook but you'd give up a lot of CPU...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/8/2011

Apple Thunderbolt Cable & Promise Pegasus RAID System Available Now

This morning Apple finally announced availability of its first Thunderbolt cable alongside Promise's Pegasus external RAID solution. We've previewed the Pegasus in the past but today we received a...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/28/2011

Correction: Ivy Bridge and Thunderbolt - Featured, not Integrated

Intel just emailed me to clarify a point from its Ivy Bridge presentation on Tuesday. While USB 3.0 will finally be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt will not. Intel...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Some Time with Promise's Thunderbolt Devices

Yesterday Intel told us that Ivy Bridge would feature both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt on its Ivy Bridge platform (USB 3.0 will be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Intel Integrates USB 3.0 into Ivy Bridge Platform, Thunderbolt Optional

We knew about the first feature on this list (USB 3.0) would come with Ivy Bridge's 7-series chipset, but the second one was something I just heard about today...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

The New 2011 iMacs: Specs and Details

Well, it’s happened again – Apple’s online store went down briefly this morning, meaning that the secretive company was stocking its virtual shelves with new product. As expected, when...

106 by Andrew Cunningham on 5/3/2011

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