Well, that didn't take long -- earlier today, Intel made its
I/O technology official and Apple
launched new MacBook Pros that support the 10Gbps interface. Now, LaCie has
its "Little Big Disk" which supports Thunderbolt.
LaCie has been working with Thunderbolt for the past year,
and showcased a storage prototype with 700MB/sec transfer speeds (all while
daisy-chained between a computer and monitor) at IDF 2010. Now, the production
Little Big Disk is ready to go and supports two channels with 10Gb/sec of data
flowing both ways per channel (all within a single cable).
"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."
The Little Big Disk weighs in a svelte 1.5 pounds and comes
equipped with two 250GB Intel 510 Series solid state drives (which haven't even
been officially announced yet).
to VR Zone, the Intel 510 Series
SSDs have maximum read speeds of 470MB/sec and maximum writes of 315MB/sec.
Interestingly, the SSDs are still built in 34nm NAND flash technology. The drives
will be available in 120GB ($280) and 250GB ($580) capacities when they are
officially launched on March 1.
As for LaCie's Little Big Disk, it will be available later
this summer at an undisclosed price.
quote: Hurray Lacie! Yet an other drive which will have no advantage over eSATA, and will be 2-3x as expensive!
quote: You may now collect that $50 dollar check from apple marketing. But as usual you don't know what you are talking about."The new MacBook Pros are a huge speed bump and the top models beat even recent MacPros."The top model you could get is a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. The mac pros could be configured as 8 core since 2007 (yeah those did not have hyperthreading, but they also ran at 3ghz). Against the recent 6-12 cores forget it.
quote: The performance of the new MacBook Pros is amazing. The slowest MacBook Pro performs on par with the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro, and the fastest MacBook Pro is 80% faster than the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro.??In fact, if you look at our Mac Benchmark charts, you'll see that the fastest MacBook Pro is faster than a lot of Mac Pros (including the current generation of Mac Pros). The new MacBook Pros truly are portable workstations.
quote: Thunderbolt will probably never surpass the spread of even firewire 800... and how many devices do you know of that use that currently? Not that many!
quote: It was Jobs that called it spectacular. Meanwhile apple admitted to firing a bunch of people from the final cut team at one point. Quite a few of the editors I know have already jumped ship to avid, and some are even thinking of switching to premiere.
quote: According our very own people familiar with the matter, a small group of video editors were on the Apple campus recently in order to preview the new version of video editing software, which is in the same space as Avid and Adobe Premiere. Apparently Apple is still putting the finishing touches on “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago” and wanted pro user feedback. Emphasis on “pro.”One source described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface. It’s safe to say the newest version will be 64 bit as that’s what users have clamored the most for.Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro (FCP 8?) say that the changes are “dramatic and ambitious” and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP . Apple plans on releasing the new product in Spring 2011 according to our source, in a launch possibly coinciding with the National Association of Broadcasters conference.
quote: "Ever noticed how many pros (pro photographers, film editors and directors, pro graphic designers, journalists, professors) use a Mac? Ever wondered why?"I wonder this every day. A lot are just old fogeys that haven't touched windows since 3.1 and have no clue that in many cases the Adobe Creative suite works better on a PC. (In fact photoshop became 64 bit on the PC one version before the mac). Some are locked into the mac platform because of shady deals. (After apple bought logic, all logic users had to switch to mac). For others it's compatibility (until everyone switches to opentype fonts you can't use mac fonts on a PC). Mainly it's just arrogance and cluelessness.
quote: If that was true then the world's biggest production companies, ILM, Weta Digital, Digital Domain etc. Would be predominantly Mac based. Even Pixar isn't, and Jobs is the head of pixar. What does that tell you?
quote: lol, what? It's not about any type of adapter. Currently Apple doesn't support booting EFI 2 (I may be off on my version numbers here), which is what Windows 7 supports, off of external media like USB flash drives and external optical drives.That's what I was talking about, software support rather than adapters.