LaCie was there on the workbench with a prototype drive, back at the fall Intel Developer Forum demo of Light Peak technology. And so it was again on Thursday, when Apple and Intel rolled out Light Peak's new branding: Thunderbolt.
LaCie said today that it will ship a version of its Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt later this year.
"Thunderbolt technology is a breakthrough in I/O technology and represents the future of mobile computing. Soon you will be able to carry workstation-class power and functionality in compact devices," said Philippe Spruch, Chairman and General Manager, LaCie. "LaCie is excited to be one of the first to deliver Thunderbolt technology with the LaCie Little Big Disk."
Of course, it's not out now. The word from LaCie is sometime in the summer, which stretches until mid-September.
The LaCie Little Big Disk can deliver multiple streams of HD video and offload hours of content in minutes without compromising bandwidth and performance. With the LaCie Little Big Disk, speeds that previously were only available from rack mounted storage arrays are now possible with a portable computer - including Apple's MacBook® Pro, the first notebook to feature Thunderbolt technology. Users will be able to edit on-set during a day of filming, and then transfer all of the assets for the edit suite within seconds. The LaCie Little Big Disk can even be daisy chained for storage expansion or connecting other peripherals.
LaCie said the forthcoming Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt technology will approximately 1.5 lbs and be bus-powered. The drive will use a pair of Intel 510 solid-state drives. A very sturdy and robust system.