(image credit: LaCie) LaCie Little Big Disk feat. Thunderbolt | from US$tbc | www.lacie.com
when SuperSpeed USB 3.0 was announced, we were anticipating for LaCie Little Big Disk to be reborn with this newer USB but that didn’t happen. however, much to our surprise, an even faster interface was announced for this sleek little aluminum package – the Thunderbolt technology. on the aesthetic side, the Little Big Disk still sport the same beautiful aluminum chassis designed by Neil Poulton. the new Little Big Disk features the Thunderbolt technology that allows up to an astounding bi-directional 10 Gb/s of transfer speed. it will comes in two storage capacity: 2 x 240 GB Solid State Drives (SSD) and 2 x 500 GB (7,200 rpm Hard Drives). the drive’s dual disks are preconfigured as a striped RAID set, thus giving you both the speed and peach of mind of safe data storage.
the Thunderbolt technology allows the Little Big Disk to be daisy-chain with up to six computer peripherals such as additional hard drives with Thunderbolt, cameras, displays et cetera without compromising the bandwidth. frequent users of USB transfer would understand the significance of this. under the current USB 2.0 technology, bandwidth suffers dramatically if more than one huge file are being transferred. along with the increasing high resolution multimedia content and our penchant for uncompressed data, file sizes aren’t getting any smaller and thus, we certainly are in need of a faster transfer solution. hence, we welcome the Thunderbolt incorporation in all future devices.
there is no word on pricing, though but the Thunderbolt equipped Little Big Disk is slated for release this summer.