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While USB 2.0 or 3.0 is good enough for the regular user, high-end power users will benefit greatly from the performance and flexibility offered by the Thunderbolt interface technology. Developed by Intel with technical input from Apple, the interface combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into one serial signal stream, and even throws DC power into the same cable for added convienience.
Thunderbolt offers a whopping 10 Gbit/s per device bitrate--up to total of 20 Gbit/s--and allows for up to six devices to be daisy-chained together.
The biggest user of Thunderbolt is Apple, having added the port to many iMacs and MacBook Pro computers.
Let's take a look at a selection of Thunderbolt compatible hardware aimed at professionals.
Promise Pegasus R6 18TB
The Promise Pegasus R6 is the first six-bay high-performance hardware RAID box designed to leverage Thunderbolt. It comes equipped with six 3TB 7200-rpm hard drives offering a total of 18TB of storage when configured for RAID 5. RAID 0, 1, 6, 10, 50, and 60 also supported.
The performance of this device has to be experienced to be believed, and it allows you to move a massive amount of data quickly and easily.
Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D
The Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D is the world's first video product to feature Thunderbolt technology for smooth capture and playback of SDI, HDMI, and analog video.
Thanks to Thunderbolt's amazing bitrate, the UltraStudio 3D has the power to support full-resolution real-time dual-stream 3D capture and playback with no compression.
Whether you're filming a television show, a live event, or the next Hollywood blockbuster, the performance offered by UltraStudio 3D will allow you to effortlessly handle the masses of data involved.