QNAP Launches the World’s First Thunderbolt NAS TVS-871T

QNAP launched the world’s first Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS that is ready for high-bandwidth data. The TVS-871T features 20Gbps bandwidth, 4K video capable Thunderbolt 2 connections and it is fully compatible with the Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures for even more raw storage capacity. The TVS-871T provides the high transfer speed of a DAS and the convenient accessibility of an NAS to make it as flexible as it is powerful. This is a very efficient storage solution for creative media professionals looking to streamline large 4K video and design workflows.

Thunderbolt 2 is relatively new and in that regard it might be limited to some people due to already existing devices and with that in mind it’s great to see that the TVS-871T also features dual 10Gb Ethernet in addition to the Thunderbolt 2 network. You can connect up to two Thunderbolt systems at the same time, which most likely will be Mac workstations. These workstations can process real-time video editing simultaneously and also take advantage of Apple time Machine for backups.

There are two base models available of this NAS, one with a Core i5-4590S 3GHz quad-core processor and one with an i7-4790S 3.2GHz quad-core processor. Both models come with 16GB DDR3 memory, AES-NI hardware encryption engine and one HDMI port for direct display attachment.

The 8 drive bays are hot-swappable and can take 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. With the ability to attach up to six QNAP expansion enclosures, these units can provide up to 448TB raw capacity.

Next to the excellent DAS capabilities, it also works evenly good for NAS applications thanks to being powered by the latest QNAP QTS 4.2 operating systems. You can use it for file storage, backup, sharing, and synchronization. The awesome QvPC technology allows users to used it directly as a cost-effective PC substitute when a keyboard, mouse, and monitor is directly attached to it. You can access the stored data directly, run multiple VMs, surfing the web, enjoying 4K videos with Kodi, monitoring surveillance live feeds from IP cameras, and much more. All the features we love from a QNAP NAS.

Both the new Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS TVS-871T and its storage expansion enclosures TX-500P and TX-800P are now available.

WD Announces My Book Pro Thunderbolt 2 DAS

Thunderbolt 2 has opened up for whole new possibilities thanks to the great throughput possibilities, daisy chaining, and universal usability. WD announced their newest and their fastest external storage solution, the My Book Pro, that is based around the Thunderbolt 2 connection.

The dual-bay unit is equipped with hardware RAID 0, 1, and JBOD mode and comes with the latest 6TB 7200RPM drives for a raw capacity up to 12TB in a small form factor. The unit connects through dual Thunderbolt 2 connections for up to 20Gbit/s throughput each and the My Book Pro can achieve transfer rates up to 435MB/s. There are also smaller 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB models for those who don’t need as much capacity.

Since you can daisy chain up to six devices on a Thunderbolt 2 port, you can theoretically add six of these units to your system and get an impressive amount of raw storage capacity that is lightning fast at the same time. The My Book Pro comes with USB 3.0 ports for easy backups

“The My Book Pro device has been designed from the ground up for the creative professional workflow. We’ve been able to take the newest, highest capacity 6 TB 7200 RPM drives on the market and marry them with leading technologies to deliver a product you can leverage from the moment you connect it,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for WD’s Content Solutions business. “It really is designed to perform under the most demanding environments.”

The My Book Pro storage device is protected by a 3-year limited warranty and is available from the WD store as well as select retailers and distributors. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) will be $599.00 USD for the 6 TB, $749.00 for the 8 TB, $899.00 for the 10 TB and $999.00 for the 12 TB.

QNAP Launches World’s First Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS

QNAP announced the availability of the world’s first Thunderbolt 2 powered Turbo vNAS, the TVS-871T, that features 20Gbps bandwidth and 4K video capabilities through the Thunderbolt 2. The 8-bay NAS unit comes in two version, either with an Intel Core i7 or Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU and 16GB DDR3 memory. The TVS-871T is also compatible with QNAP’s TX-500P and TX-800P expansion enclosures and you can attach up to six of those for a total raw capacity of up to 448TB. With the high transfer speed of DAS and the convenient accessibility of NAS, the TVS-871T is an extremely flexible and efficient storage solution.

“The TVS-871T tackles the most common bottleneck for 4K workflows: I/O speed and storage.” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. “It provides unmatched performance for high-resolution file storage and I/O-intensive tasks to increase working productivity focusing more on 4K or 3D workflows.”

The QNAP TS-871T doesn’t just feature 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2, it also has dual 10GbE ethernet ports for an unmatched connectivity as both can run simultaneously for different operations. This Turbo vNAS could very well be the perfect match for Thunderbolt 2-capable Mac systems as 2 workstations can connect to it and process real-time video editing at the same time. Assisting in creative workflows, the TVS-871T delivers powerful and stable throughput for real-time non-linear video editing, and also allows multi-track video editing with the lowest latency. Users can also connect a 4K display to the TVS-871T via HDMI to directly play and organize their 4K videos.

The TVS-871T runs with the latest QTS 4.2 operating system and has the awesome QvPC technology where users can simply connect a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display and use the system as a cost-effective PC substitute. You can use it to directly access stored data, run multiple VMs, surf the web, and much more.

Key specifications

  • TVS-871T-i7-16G: Intel® Core i7-4790S 3.2 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • TVS-871T-i5-16G: Intel® Core i5-4590S 3.0 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • 8-bay tower model
  • AES-NI hardware encryption engine
  • hot-swappable 3.5″/2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s HDD or SSD
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 high-speed ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet port (10GBased-T)
  • 4 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 x HDMI port

 

Intel Unveils Thunderbolt 3 on USB-C

Thunderbolt may soon go mainstream and ubiquitous. Intel has announced Thunderbolt 3 with a crucial new feature, USB Type-C connectors. Not only will Thunderbolt 3 use USB Type-C ports, it will also support the USB 3.1 protocol and provide up to 100W though the USB Power Delivery spec. Bandwidth has also doubled to 40Gbps and non-USB PD power delivery increased to 15W. Unfortunately, backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 is not guan teed and requires an adapter.

Backed by Intel’s new controller, Alpine Ridge, Thunderbolt 3 utilizes either 4 PCIe 3 lanes to drive two ports or 2 PCIe 3 lanes to drive a single port. USB 3.1 support is baked into Alpine Ridge meaning all Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to USB  devices as well. Up to 2 4K displays at 60Hz or a single 5K display,  again at 60Hz, can be driven with support for Display Port 1.2. 10Gb Ethernet can also run on Thunderbolt 3 as well.

Building in USB into Thunderbolt is for sure going to increase the chances of adoption. Instead of having to build separate USB and Thunderbolt ports, firms can just use Thunderbolt ports and support both protocols. Cost is reduced as well with only the controller to mainly worry about as normal Type-C cables will run Thunderbolt 3 just fine. It would not be surprising to see eventually see laptops with just 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and maybe an extra Type-C port for larger models. The move to Type-C also means Thunderbolt can not move into smaller devices like phones and tablets. Thunderbolt may finally be the one port to rule them all, for those that pay for the controller of course.

LG to Unveil World’s First 21:9 Curved IPS Ultrawide Monitor at IFA 2014

LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its newest IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) and other compelling monitor offerings at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The world’s first monitor to incorporate a curved IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch monitor provides remarkable picture quality and a range of convenient connectivity options. Also to be introduced at IFA 2014 will be the stunning Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) and the feature-packed Gaming Monitor (model 24GM77), both combining superior performance with modern style and versatile functionality.

LG’s flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts with extra screen real estate so users can get more done in less time. By adding a gentle curve to a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, LG has created a unique product that delivers a more immersive experience. The Quad HD resolution display with 3440 x 1440 pixels gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of detail and accuracy that their work demands. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the LG 34UC97 monitor easily handles heavy graphics and videos with ease on either system and supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers, four times faster than USB 3.0, and allows multiple devices to be daisy chained together. The monitor also features MAXX AUDIO and 7W stereo speaker system guaranteed to deliver peak audio performance across all frequencies.

In addition to the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor, LG will be unveiling its Digital Cinema 4K Monitor for the first time at this year’s IFA. LG’s Digital Cinema 4K Monitor meets the Digital Cinema Initiative’s standard for 4K resolution displays, squeezing 4096 x 2160 pixels into a 31-inch screen, for resolution equivalent to four Full HD monitors. The 31MU97 model allows professionals such as movie editors to watch original 4K content the way it was meant to be seen. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor employs an LG IPS 4K display that provides ultra-sharp images with a wide viewing angle. Able to reproduce 99 percent of the Adobe RGB colour space, this monitor is an ideal choice for film professionals as well as for those working in design and photography. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor comes hardware calibration-ready and also features Dual Colour Space and LG’s exclusive True Colour Pro calibration software.

“Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry’s biggest monitor manufacturers don’t seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, innovation in display technologies isn’t just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that’s why we’re particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience.”

Gamers will especially appreciate LG’s 24GM77 new Gaming Monitor which is specifically designed to handle the fast-paced action of the latest first person shooters (FPS). A refresh rate of 144Hz ensures that even the most intense action appears smooth and flicker-free, while LG’s Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) Mode drastically cuts input lag, enabling the player to respond faster to what’s happening on the screen. Other notable features include Black Stabilizer for consistent blacks across different scenes and Game Mode, which offers three optimized settings that can be applied quickly by pressing a hotkey on the monitor, with the option to create customized presets. And Motion 240, developed exclusively for the Gaming Monitor, helps minimize motion blur with a fast response time of less than 1ms.

LG’s next generation advanced PC monitors will be on display at IFA 2014 in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.

Thank you LG for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of LG.

VESA Working On micro-DisplayPort, To Bring 4K And Beyond Resolution

The Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort and miniDisplayPort are on the market but it looks like the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced that it is working on defining a micro-DisplayPort standard which will still be backward-compatible with existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort devices and offer beyond 4K Ultra HD connectivity for phones, tablets, and ultra-portables.

VESA won’t solely concentrate on the port itself. Instead, it will be figuring out the final design for the docking connector, receptacle, and cable as well. The new standard is “designed to support data rates for future display bandwidths beyond today’s 4K resolutions” as VESA states, while another goal is to support passive cables up to 1.5m ( 5 feet ) in length, without requiring any sort of repeater or other active component, tech which would be particularly important in smartphones and other portable devices.

The micro-DisplayPort will also allow laptop, tablet and smartphone manufacturers to make even thinner devices. That said, it remains to be seen how Apple and Intel will respond to the smaller connection. Currently, the Thunderbolt technology used on the Mac line-up, with a full six Thunderbolt 2 ports, relies on a mini-DisplayPort connector, which is also backward-compatible with traditional DisplayPort monitors.

A switch to micro-DisplayPort could allow Apple to trim its notebooks even further, and looking at the MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display for instance, having a spec of just 3.46 pounds and 0.71-inches thick, who knows how light or thin they could get if the micro-DisplayPort gets standardized.

Thank you Slashgear for providing us with this information

Apple Releases New MacBook Pro Models With Specs Boost And Price Cuts

Apple announced new MacBook Pro Retina models, giving its 13-inch and 15-inch laptops a specs boost and even more appealing price cuts. So what are the specs for these new Apple MacBook generation? Keep reading and you will find out.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is going to be faster and lighter than the previous generation. It’s 3.46 pounds and 0.71 inches thin, as Schiller announced, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing. The new 13-inch MBP Retina contains a Haswell processor, matching Intel processor that’s in the current generation MacBook Air notebooks. That means, even with the high-resolution screen, it has 9 hours of battery life. The notebook also comes with Iris integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a Thunderbolt 2 connection.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina doesn’t change its form factor from last year’s version, but the Apple notebook refresh does include Intel’s 4th generation quad-core processor, Haswell. Also, like the 13-inch version, the bigger MBP has a longer battery life, clocking in at 8 hours, according to the company. Its Iris-integrated graphics can be boosted by an optional GeForce GT 750M card upgrade, and all configurations come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2.

The 13-inch Macbook costs $1,299 (about £800), down from the previous generation’s $1,499 (about £923) price. The 15-inch Macbook is not far behind, it costs $1,999 (about £1,231), down from $2,199 (about £1,354) price of the original 15-inch MBP Retina. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina display updates start shipping today and are on sale in the Apple Store online right now.

Thank you TechRadar for providing us with this information.

Gigabyte Reveal Thunderbolt 2 Ready Motherboards At IDF 2013

Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 standard is set to be implemented on a pair of Gigabyte motherboards in the near future. Legit Reviews spotted the Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 TH (above) and the Z87X-UD7 TH (below) motherboards at IDF 2013. Both motherboards implemented the newest version of Thunderbolt which is Thunderbolt 2.0 that has 20 gbps of bandwidth compared to 10 gbps of bandwidth on the first generation. Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 will be backwards compatible with the first generation.

The two motherboards to get these new Thunderbolt ports are both existing current Gigabyte motherboards for the LGA 1150 Z87 platform. Both motherboards get a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports which are capable of daisy chaining multiple monitors and have integrated DisplayPort 1.2 video outputs that can be used simultaneously with a Thunderbolt storage device. Thunderbolt 2 is physically identical but adds channel aggregation to combine the previously two separate 10 gbps channels in Thunderbolt 1.

Images courtesy of Legit Reviews

ASUS Reveal Z87 Deluxe Quad Motherboard

ASUS have just unveiled a brand new Z87 motherboard. The Z87-Deluxe/Quad motherboard is apparently the world’s first motherboard to be certified with Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 technology. The ASUS Z87-Deluxe Quad motherboard is ram packed with connectivity options. The device supports the Thunderbolt 2 standard capable of up to 20Gb/s and up to six devices per port, with 12 in total from the two Thunderbolt 2 ports this motherboard offers.

Impressively with two Thunderbolt ports supporting Display Port 1.2 and an onboard 4K ready HDMI port the ASUS Z87-Deluxe Quad is capable of running three 4K UHD displays all at once. This motherboard is really aimed the content professionals where connectivity and functionality matter. The device comes bundled with ASUS’ NFC USB 3.0 device that we detailed yesterday as well ASUS’ 802.11 AC WiFi and antennae.

This motherboard will be priced at a premium over the ASUS Z87-Deluxe and Z87-Deluxe Dual motherboards but naturally you’d expect this given the extensive connectivity options. This is certainly one of the most impressive connectivity-orientated motherboards on the market right now available to consumers. We can’t help but feel it targets a very niche market but if you are part of that market then this motherboard looks like a great option.

Image courtesy of ASUS