Coverage of Thunderbolt devices has been expanded on our site over the last few months. At IDF, we took the opportunity to chat with Intel about where Thunderbolt was headed. The current market perception is one of Thunderbolt being relevant only to Mac users. But, a look at the products that Intel showcases, indicate that there are plenty of PC components (motherboards as well as workstations) that come with the technology integrated. Thunderbolt users on Windows have traditionally found that the technology doesn't live up to its advertised potential. Common complaints include Purchased peripherals don't carry certification on Windows Hot plugging peripherals doesn't work reliably Performance in terms of both bandwidth and latency end up being better on Mac compared to Windows for the same workloads These issues have...

LaCie at CES: 2big & eSATA Thunderbolt Hubs

We're expecting to see a lot of Thunderbolt devices at CES this year and we've already seen our first two new products, both from LaCie. The first is the...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

Thunderbolt Goes Universal in H1'12

Thunderbolt initially launched in February when Apple updated the MacBook Pro, but since then the technology has been an Apple exclusive. The understanding was that Thunderbolt would be a...

25 by Kristian Vättö on 1/4/2012

LaCie Little Big Disk (240GB SSD) Review

A week ago we published our review of the first sub-$1000 Thunderbolt drive enclosure: LaCie's Little Big Disk. Armed with a pair of 2.5" hard drives, the Little Big...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/8/2011

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...

289 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

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