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LaCie Little Big Disk   (Source: LaCie)
LaCie's Little Big Disk brings a whole bunch of new technology in a tiny little package

Well, that didn't take long -- earlier today, Intel made its Thunderbolt I/O technology official and Apple launched new MacBook Pros that support the 10Gbps interface. Now, LaCie has announced 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). 

According 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.



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Lacie = expensive
By zorxd on 2/24/2011 3:40:29 PM , Rating: 1
Hurray Lacie! Yet an other drive which will have no advantage over eSATA, and will be 2-3x as expensive!




RE: Lacie = expensive
By bigboxes on 2/24/2011 4:06:08 PM , Rating: 2
With USB3, eSATA is effectively dead. Time to move on.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By NellyFromMA on 2/24/2011 4:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
I could be wrong here, but isn't this intels univeral connection standard to sort of nullify the need for USB3 altogether? Why would I want USB if I can use a faster port?


RE: Lacie = expensive
By someguy123 on 2/24/2011 5:04:01 PM , Rating: 2
All going to depend on actual adoption.

Better technology doesn't necessarily get adopted worldwide. Plus, it'll be a while before we can say that lightpeak (or at least implementation) is bug free and viable.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By Nutzo on 2/24/2011 5:12:35 PM , Rating: 5
Except there is already a small installed base of USB 3.0, and USB 3.0 ports are backwards compatable (both physically and electically) with USB 2.0. You can even plug USB 3.0 devices directly into USB 2.0 ports.

To use ThunderBolt, you need to buy a drive with the new connection (big $), or buy an adapter for your USB devices (more $). Good luck plugging that ThunderBolt drive into your older system, unless it also has USB.

I think I'll stick with USB 3.0 for a while. Cheaper, more compatable (forward an backward), and is available today.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By bigboxes on 2/24/2011 6:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
Keyword: "universal" serial bus. It's all about needing one standard and not multiple ones to connect all your peripherals. Flunk is also right. ThunderBolt is a faster standard than eSATA. If you need that speed then you may adopt the standard. It is still to be determined if there will be mass adoption or if this new standard will be niche. My bet is on USB3 regardless of Intel dragging it's feet in adopting the new standard. People don't want a different port every time they get a new peripheral. Backwards compatibility is important to most users.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By semo on 2/25/2011 4:23:16 AM , Rating: 2
You can aggregate any data traffic you want on lightpeak but that's it. LP is not a bus. You will still need a USB 3.0, ethernet, displayport, etc... controllers on either end.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By Makaveli on 2/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: Lacie = expensive
By Flunk on 2/24/2011 4:11:23 PM , Rating: 2
940MB/s is faster than eSata can handle (600MB/S for gen 2)


RE: Lacie = expensive
By zorxd on 2/24/2011 7:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but there are no USB3, Firewire 3200 or Lightpeak drives. They all are SATA internally. A SATA drive in a shinny metal case won't be faster because you add a 10 Gbps interface port to it.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By Lerianis on 2/25/2011 12:35:56 AM , Rating: 2
Uh, hold it.... no, they are not all SATA internally. They may APPEAR to be that at first glance, but if they were, you could take the drives out of the cases and hook them up to a regular computers SATA connections if you had a converter.
You cannot do that.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By Uarmm on 2/25/2011 9:10:46 AM , Rating: 3
They ARE all SATA (or IDE if you have an old one) and CAN be just taken out of the case and put into a desktop using normal SATA cables with no additional converter. All external drives just have one or more normal 3.5 or 2.5 inch consumer hard drives inside them.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By ninjit on 2/25/2011 8:50:17 PM , Rating: 2
Uh...actually that's exactly what you CAN do
I do it all the time - rip open external drives (USB/firewire/eSATA) and take the drives out to put directly into a machine, or vice versa.

Older externals maybe IDE instead of SATA inside, but that was still the internal standard back then, and you could do the same thing.

No external storage manufacturer is going to use a proprietary interface for the guts of their hard drives, when they can easily, and cheapily, use exisiting standard drives.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By sprockkets on 2/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: Lacie = expensive
By Dark Legion on 2/25/2011 12:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
MB/s, and all of them if you have a faster interface to run them on (ie. usb3) and even that is not enough if someone is running two external high end SSDs in raid. why someone would need that, not sure, but it's not like there's zero market.


RE: Lacie = expensive
By Tony Swash on 2/25/2011 9:23:20 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hurray Lacie! Yet an other drive which will have no advantage over eSATA, and will be 2-3x as expensive!


Show me existing technology that can do this

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/24/intel-thunderbo...

As the video shows Thunderbolt is a huge improvement compared to what we had before.


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