LaCie readying Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt

LaCie readying Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt

Summary: 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.

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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.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • Awesome!!!

    I'm going to by one and I have no idea what the article, drive does! I don't even have a thunderbolt port!
    james347
  • Some idea of cost for all this goodness?

    Bitte.
    klumper
  • I wish they come up with more original names

    HTC's 4G Verizon phone is also called the Thunderbolt.

    This Thundebolt here isn't so much the name for one particular product as it is for a tech standard for mass storage. Guess "Light Peak" isn't as catchy. At any case, any tech that can back up my HD quickly and reliably is most welcome.
    Tech watcher
    • RE: LaCie readying Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt

      @Tech watcher My bad...Thunderbolt is more than mass storage. It's a new standard in data transfer.

      "Firewire" was a catchy name, too.
      Tech watcher
    • RE: LaCie readying Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt

      @Tech watcher <br><br>Captain Thunderbolt was an Australian bushranger (outlaw), the name was being used in the mid 1800's.
      alsobannedfromzdnet
  • RE: LaCie readying Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt

    It seems a simple system for users and I expect that if providers give us converter boxes as a reasonable price one could thus have complete backward compatibility and hopefully the backward compatitiblity does not compromise either the assorted boxes on the converter to one another or to any new Tunderbolt peripherals. The ability to easily access the full speed of the internal bus is impressive to say the least. No wonder Apple did not make eSata a de facto standard though I have myself done so for the moment.
    nfiertel
  • So, I guess the big question is...

    ... does this mean that everyone else is going to be adding Thunderbolt with new video cards for their towers? After all, the port IS a MDP connector...
    nix_hed