While News Corp. COO Chase Carey was talking about throwing FOX behind a paywall thanks to Aereo, LaCie said during the NAB Show in Las Vegas that it has the largest range of Thunderbolt solutions on the market. This range spans across six separate series within the company's Thunderbolt portfolio, all of which are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows 7/8-based computers.
"Intel’s Thunderbolt certification program is a thorough process put in place to ensure an optimal end user experience with both Mac and PC," the company said. "As a result, LaCie ensures its Thunderbolt product family offers universal compatibility and delivers reliable performances up to 800 MB/s for the most challenging media applications."
LaCie's blanket of Thunderbolt products includes the Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, the 2big Thunderbolt Series, the 5big Thunderbolt series, and the LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. These solutions provide creative professionals and power users with not only the fastest storage available, but the flexibility to choose what best fits their workflow.
"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing," said Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing and Planning. "We are pleased with LaCie’s support for Thunderbolt technology and ensuring end users have access to a variety of Thunderbolt solutions certified for connectivity on Mac and PC."
The Rugged USB 3.0 series is built for portability, featuring a "rugged" exterior with a drop resistance of up to 4 feet. The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt series is also built for creative pros on-the-go, with support for either a 512 GB or 1 TB SSD, or a 2 TB HDD. But unlike the "Rugged" series, Little Big disk model is not quite so drop-resistant.
All other Thunderbolt solutions offered by LaCie are best suited for sitting on your desktop such as the LaCie 5big which holds up to 5 drives in RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD mode. The LaCie 2big supports up to two drives and the d2 USB 3.0 with Thunderbolt supports only one, the latter of which features a fan-free aluminum heat sink design. The eSATA Hub simply allows a user to connect eSATA drives via Thunderbolt.
"Users looking to purchase a Thunderbolt enabled solution should check for certification and compatibility before purchasing," the company said. "LaCie makes it simple by including this information on all packaging, web pages and on the Thunderbolt Technology web page."
For more information about LaCie's Thunderbolt products, head here.