CES 2012: OCZ Shows Lightfoot, Thunderbolt External SATA Drive
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2012 - 03:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: thunderbolt, ssd, ocz, lightfoot, CES
Today at the Storage Visions conference before the start of CES 2012, OCZ was on hand to show off a few new items they have planned for the year. First up is the Lightfoot, a successor to the OCZ Enyo external USB 3.0 SSD that we reviewed and really enjoyed our time with.
As you can see it looks quite a bit bigger than the original Enyo and that is on account of the increased storage capacity. You can expect to see sizes as high as 1TB and it will also be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.
Here is the Thunderbolt connector that many a Mac user and, hopefully soon, PC users will be able to take advantage of for improved throughput with transfer rates as high as 750 MB/s quoted by OCZ.
OCZ claims that the one of the benefits of moving to the Thunderbolt interconnect is improved latency and highly accurate time synchronization that will allow for professional audio and video work to be done directly on the drive. We are pretty eager to see if this is the case...
The time frame for this device is still unknown but we'll see if we can get more information this week by asking the right people.
UPDATE: OCZ is telling us that Lightfoot will cost about $2/GB, so that 1TB model will run around $2000. For those a bit more frugal, you can get the 128GB option for something like $250.
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