StarTech.com, a manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts, has announced the launch of a new Thunderbolt cables product line, with an array of lengths including .5m (1.6ft), 1m (3.3ft), 2m (6.6ft), claimed to be the first 3m (9.9ft) Thunderbolt cable available in the channel.
The cables are constructed using the active components required to support the full, high-bandwidth capability of the Thunderbolt interface: 10Gbps (bi-directional), for inter-connecting devices such as Thunderbolt-equipped external RAID enclosures and other applications such as daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices.
“We are excited to include Thunderbolt cables in our comprehensive line-up of connectivity parts. Thunderbolt technology is supported by all current Apple computers, as well as some models from Acer, Asus and Lenovo, and were expecting the interface to be available on an increasing number of computers in the weeks and months to come,” says Keith Rodrigues, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com’s Cables product line.
“Thunderbolt peripherals don’t typically ship with cables included, so the range in lengths weve made available offer the customer the flexibility to choose the length that best suits them – shorter cables, such as the .5m and 1m lengths for daisy chaining, and longer cables such as the 2m and 3m lengths, which are suited for more convenient placement of peripherals,” says Rodrigues.
Some of the features of the new Thunderbolt cables include:
• Support for dual-channel, simultaneous bi-directional data and video transfers up to 10 Gbps per channel
• Supports Power-over-cable, for bus-powered devices
• Dual Protocol support (PCI Express and DisplayPort)
• Durable cable construction, with high quality Thunderbolt connectors
StarTech.com Thunderbolt cables will be available for purchase from technology resellers including CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, Tiger Direct and PC Connection. The cables will also be distributed by Ingram Micro and SYNNEX Corporation. MSRP for these products are as follows:
TBOLTMM1M : 1m Thunderbolt Cable – M/M $48.99 (USD) in the United States, $48.99 (CAN) in Canada
TBOLTMM2M : 2m Thunderbolt Cable – M/M $48.99 (USD) in the United States, $48.99 (CAN) in Canada
TBOLTMM3M : 3m Thunderbolt Cable – M/M $89.99 (USD) in the United States, $89.99 (CAN) in Canada
TBOLTMM50CM : .5m Thunderbolt Cable – M/M $48.99 (USD) in the United States, $48.99 (CAN) in Canada
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