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Thunderbolt systems and components

High Performance with Thunderbolt
High Performance with Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt is backed on the protocols DisplayPort and PCI Express. It is based on a plurality of parallel bi-directional channels on which serial data is transmitted.

Thunderbolt 3 ​​offers with 40 Gbps the double performance compared to the previous generation (20 Gbps), and four times the speed compared to USB 3.2 Gen2. The plug of Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.2 Gen2 is equal. Thus Thunderbolt 3 offers much faster transfer rates for external data storage.

The Thunderbolt technology supports the connection in series (Daisy Chain) of up to six peripheral devices such as displays and Thunderbolt systems.

Thunderbolt 2 systems are convertible on Thunderbolt 3 without much effort, simply by exchanging the Thunderbolt card without data loss.

External Areca RAID-Systems with Thunderbolt host interface

The Areca Thunderbolt systems are ideally suited for 4K video workflow on macOS and Windows and can provide capacity quickly.

The Thunderbolt 3 systems are available with up to 12 hard drive- or SSD-Bays.

Link -> Areca product page

ATTO Thunderbolt ThunderLink

ATTO ThunderLink enables storage and network connectivity for SAS , SATA, Fibre Channel or Ethernet devices to Thunderbolt hosts. Drivers for Mac OSX versions 10.9 or later and Microsoft Windows are available.

In the shown example an Apple Mac Pro accesses via Thunderbolt interface to a RAIDdeluxe storage system.

Link -> ATTO ThunderLink product page

ThunderLink connects a MAC Pro with a SAS RAID-System
ThunderLink connects a MAC Pro with a SAS RAID-System

Portable Akitio Thunderbolt storage

Akitio Neutrino - Portable Thunderbolt storage

The external Akitio enclosures are designed for 2.5 SATA SFF hard drives. Thanks to its compact size it can be easily taken anywhere – to the office or on business trips.

For optimal performance and compatibility, this external storage is available with Thunderbolt or USB 3.2 Gen1 interfaces.

Link -> Akitio product page

Netstor Thunderbolt enclosure with PCIe slots

The external Netstor enclosures are optimal when PCIe slots for video editing cards, RAID-Controllers, network cards or more are needed.

With the Thunderbolt ports, they can be easily operated on an Apple Mac. The systems offer three PCIe 3.0 slots and up to 24 disk bays.

Link -> Netstor product page

Netstor Thunderbolt enclosure with Mac Mini slot

The Netstor NA381TB integrates an Apple Mac Mini directly into the chassis and so saves space. The Mac Mini is connected via a Thunderbolt cable with the NA381TB and accesses three internal PCIe slots.

On the picture of the back side an Areca RAID controller card is installed next to the Thunderbolt ports, this controls the 24 disk bays and ensures safe operation. Next to it sets an Ethernet card. The closed bracket conceals a free slot, which can be equipped with an additional PCIe card.

Link -> Netstor product page

Mac Mini inside the Netstor NA381TB2