updated 02:12 pm EDT, Tue October 29, 2013
Adds USB 3.0, HDMI, other connections
CalDigit has announced that a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt Station, will be shipping on November 4. The unit is meant to expand the number of ports on a Mac, particularly MacBooks, which often have very few native connections. It adds three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI connection, a gigabit Ethernet jack, and audio in/out ports. A second Thunderbolt port is meant for daisy-chaining the Station to other Thunderbolt-ready devices.
The HDMI link supports resolutions up to 2560x1600, and each of the USB 3.0 ports runs at speeds up to 5Gbps. The Station is due to go on sale for $199 through CalDigit's online store, Amazon, and various other resellers. It will cost £149 in the UK, and €179 in continental Europe.