Japanese peripherals maker Buffalo has announced what it claims is the world’s first portable HDD with a “Thunderbolt” and USB 3 dual interface support.
Buffalo Inc.’s booth at the Computex trade show in Taipei, which opened yesterday, will for the first time exhibit the new “HD-PATU3 Series” Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 dual interface Portable Hard Disk compatibile with both Apple and Windows PCs. The product’s case design is of smooth aluminum, with indirect lighting, and bus-powered operation is possible via either the USB cable or Thunderbolt, so the drive does not require a separate power supply. Mac OS X Time Machine support is available.
This dual interface Portable Hard Disk comes with bundled cables for both Thunderbolt and USB, so users will not be obliged to purchase cables separately, and since external AC adapter is not required, the drive can be used where there are no power outlets. The drive ships pre-formatted HFS + for plug & play on a Mac immediately after purchase,. Use with Windows computers will require reformatting.
Jointly developed by Apple and Intel.Thunderbolt a is a next generation high-speed interface offering transfer rates up to 10Gbps – about 20 times (480Mbps), and 12 times (800Mbps) the speed of USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 in terfaces respectively.
The product is currently available only in the Japanese domestic market, and pricing and availability may vary in other regions.
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