First look at Thunderbolt peripherals on the horizon

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Intel's new Thunderbolt I/O technology, which boasts up to 10Gbps connectivity between host machines like Apple MacBook Pros and peripherals, such as storage devices, has started to make its way into commercial products.  

The technology, designed to provide better support for audio and video than earlier interconnect technologies, was first announced in 2009. In addition to Apple, which helped Intel develop Thunderbolt, Sony and other computer makers are expected to support the speedy interconnect.

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Apple's new 27 inch display eliminates the usual mess of wires and the company says the connectivity is 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The display can be used to daisy-chain other peripherals.

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The most obvious accessory of them all, the Thunderbolt cable is advanced enough to deserve some recognition. The cord features its own miniature processor and allows data to be transferred on two independent channels at 10Gbps each.

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Promise is offering four storage options: 4TB, 6TB, 8TB and 12TB, that utilise the new Thunderbolt connection. The 4TB Pegasus model boasts 400MBps disk performance.

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LaCie is releasing an updated version of its flagship hard drive optimised for Thunderbolt use. The new Little Big Disk can transfer data at speeds of up to 10Gbps and can be used to daisy-chain up to six peripherals. It comes in 240GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models.

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The F2TBR delivers two ultra fast 2.5 inch solid state drives in a package that can transfer data at 640Mbps and write at 430Mbps, which the company says is enough for high definition video editing or playback. Having two Thunderbolt ports allows for daisy chaining of up to six devices to a host computer port. Pricing to be announced. Sonnet is also adding Thunderbolt support to its four and eight-drive RAID 5 desktop storage systems, and offering a selection of Thunderbolt adapters for PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire.

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This is a compact and portable hub for standard and high definition video capture and playback.

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This family of media composers is getting an update that gives users the option to employ the Thunderbolt connection. The devices provide broadcast quality video and audio capture, monitoring, output and H.264 encoding for use with editing and content creation applications.

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G-Technology announced at the NAB event in April that it plans to add Thunderbolt support to its line of portable four and eight-bay RAID enclosures.

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