Lacie ThunderBolt Series Now Supports SATA III SSDs; Boasts Unbelievable Speeds

October 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Lacie, the memory maker company, has announced that their ThunderBolt series will be supporting SATA III SSDs from now on. The company claims that it’s the fastest Thunderbolt technology on the market.

They have assured that the devices are capable of offering read speeds of up to 635 MB/s. These devices are of only 1.4 lbs in weight and takes up only a small space. Technically, its physical dimensions are on the order of 1.6 x 5.5 x 3.3-inches.

On last Tuesday, Lacie told that this new SSD-oriented version is a table turner for content creators and professional users, as it delivers “fiber channel rack mount speeds in a portable solution”.

The company said that the new device can transfer a 50 GB project in less than two minutes or edit six uncompressed 422 streams at the same time.

Modelwise, LaCie actually offers three SSD versions: the 90000243 providing 240 GB (SATA II), the 9000321 featuring 512 GB (SATA III), and the 9000350 offering 1 TB (SATA III). All of the three models feature double 2.5-inch SSDs, and two Thunderbolt ports so that up to six additional compatible devices can be interconnected.

All three can also be set up as a mirrored RAID set (RAID 1) which provides data protection if one disk fails, and as a striped RAID set (RAID 0) to maximize speed and capacity for large file storage and fast transfers.

This small yet exquisite gadget can be even placed on anyone’s palm and the LaCie Little Big Disk features an attractive aluminum chassis designed by Neil Poulton. Its unique heat sink design provides 60-percent more surface area which in turn draws heat away from the internal components, keeping it “cool and safe” at all times.

The device’s power button also lets users turn it off without breaking connection. The two LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series SATA III SSD models are available through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Storage Partners, costing $699 for the 512 GB version and $999 for the 1 TB version. The 240 GB model is only available through LaCie resellers like Amazon for around $699.

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