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Western Digital will show a two drive Thunderbolt storage unit

Firewire is for the chop
Thu Jan 26 2012, 15:46

STORAGE VENDOR Western Digital will show off its dual-drive Thunderbolt My Book direct attached external storage unit at the Macworld show.

Western Digital's range of My Book portable hard drives typically use Firewire or USB interfaces, but the firm said it will show off its first device using Thunderbolt at the upcoming Macworld show. The dual-drive My Book Thunderbolt Duo will connect to Macbooks with Thunderbolt interfaces.

Apple and Intel jointly developed Thunderbolt as a multi-use interface promising blistering data transfer rates. The interface is presently implemented using copper cables and bandwidth is capped at 10Gbit/s, nevertheless it is significantly faster than USB 3.0 or Firewire.

Jody Bradshaw, GM of Western Digital's consumer storage solutions division said, "During the demonstration, twin Thunderbolt ports show amazing flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo systems or other high performance peripherals for an enhanced workflow process. The combination of storage, backup, and speed could make the My Book Thunderbolt Duo the only drive a creative pro would ever need."

Western Digital did not say what capacities the My Book Thunderbolt Duo external storage units will have nor reveal prices. However given that the units are being targeted at video editors, maximum capacity of Terabytes is expected along with similarly high price tags. µ


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