Blazing fast Thunderbolt 2 portable array debuts at CES

Blazing fast Thunderbolt 2 portable array debuts at CES

Summary: LaCie announced one of the first Thunderbolt 2 drives today at CES. With blazing speed, it is key to realtime capture and editing of 4k video.

TOPICS: Storage, Apple, CES

Thanks to Thunderbolt 2 and fast SSDs the new array is fast - LaCie claims 1,375MB/sec - the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 sports two SSDs in a RAID 0 config.



The device's performance and Thunderbolt 2's bandwidth enable editors to work with 4k video - edit and display - on a single Thunderbolt 2 channel. The Little Big Disk lets videographers work with 4k RAW files, getting full quality from footage and seeing the edits in real time on a 4k monitor.

LaCie - a Seagate subsidiary - claims videographers can capture 250GB of 4k video in the field and transfer it into post-production storage in under 10 minutes.

The Storage Bits take
Thunderbolt 2 is a pro interface, for people for whom time is money. In my experience - I use both Thunderbolt and USB 3 - Thunderbolt is not only faster but more stable.

But the real importance of this announcement is that LaCie, along with Promise and other Thunderbolt vendors, have clearly found the Thunderbolt market to be profitable and worth further investment. For pros the extra cost of Thunderbolt peripherals pales next to the time savings and extra reliability of the interface.

Comments welcome, of course. I love the speed and price of USB 3.0 external drives, but for performance my two Thunderbolt arrays are way ahead.

Topics: Storage, Apple, CES

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  • TB2 - the pro interface - time is money

    This is actually a very good - short article on the new LaCie TB2 drive. Yes USB3 is fast. Yes Thunderbolt (TB) is 'expensive' ... yet when time is money, the cost is peanuts.

    TB is the new Firewire ... not nearly as common, not nearly as cheap, but much better performance all around.

    It is nice to see an author point this out... as many writers simply complain it is "too expensive" and "nobody uses this", without any context or qualifications.
    Bee Ryan