updated 05:20 pm EST, Thu February 24, 2011
LaCie, Promise drives already in works
A few peripheral makers are already beginning to announce Thunderbolt-compatible storage drives. LaCie has debuted a Little Big Disk with the connection technology, which has a maximum bandwidth of 10Gbps in either direction. Providing the actual storage are two 250GB Intel 510 SSD drives.
Promise, meanwhile, has uncovered two RAID cabinets, the R4 and the R6. These have four or six bays, respectively, and in a peak configuration can hold up to 12TB of data. RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 configurations are supported, with a maximum sustained transfer rate of 800MBps.
Still missing from either the LaCie or Promise announcements are prices or release dates. Apple's new MacBook Pros are, however, the first computers to support the Thunderbolt standard. Apple may in fact be the only computer maker to have Thunderbolt until 2012.