LaCie first off mark with Thunderbolt

Grace Robinson
25 February, 2011
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Today LaCie has announced its Little Big Disk, the first  hard drive off the mark that uses the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and released on the market with collaboration from Apple.

The LaCie Little Big Disk is designed to store large audio and video files and will improve creative workflows with faster data transfer speeds, content editing and complete system backups.

“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.”

Thunderbolt technology delivers bandwidth at 10GB/s and runs two protocols (PCI Express and DisplayPort) simultaneously over a single cable for connectivity to high performance peripherals like LaCie Little Disk and high-resolution displays. LaCie says the device was created with mobile and media professionals in mind.

“Intel believes Thunderbolt technology in combination with LaCie’s unique portfolio of storage products and displays will drive new levels of performance and simplicity for consumers,” said Jason Ziller, Director, Thunderbolt Planning and Marketing, Intel Corporation.

Using a single Thunderbolt cable, users can connect their notebooks to high resolution displays, cameras and storage – all at the same time – for a fast and portable computing environment – including Apple’s new MacBook Pro – the first notebook to feature Thunderbolt technology.

The LaCie Little Big Disk is the first in a range of storage and peripherals from LaCie that will feature Thunderbolt technology.

The Little Big Disk will be available to consumers by winter 2011 from the LaCie Online Store, the Apple Store and authorised resellers.

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