May 14, 2012

Thunderbolt SSD Drives: Elgato, LaCie

An overview of Thunderbolt SSD drives: Elgato, LaCie.

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Thunderbolt IO is available on Apple Mac’s and will be available widely on PC’s and servers.

Fast storage is a must for most applications. Thunderbolt SSD will deliver fast storage for a variety of Mac and PC applications. Thunderbolt SSD’s can be daisy-chained for more capacity and higher aggregate speeds.

A list of Thunderbolt SSD available today.

Thunderbolt IO transfer speed = 10 Gb/s = 1.25 GB/s = 1,280 MB/s.

    Capacity - 240 GB
    Speed - 270 MB/s
    Price - $700

    Capacity – 240 GB
    Speed – 480 MB/s:245 MB/s  (R:W)
    Price - $850

As can be seen, there are very few Thunderbolt SSD drives available today.

Thunderbolt storage is also available from Western Digital, Seagate and Hitachi. These provide a Thunderbolt interface and use hard disk drives for the storage. Although these provide bigger capacities but their (per-drive) speeds are lower than the SSD.

There is a need for faster, bigger Thunderbolt SSD delivering similar speeds and capacity such Fusion-IO, Virident’s PCI Express SSD cards.

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