LaCie announced the first Thunderbolt portable disk drives a couple of days ago, and now it looks like Intel is ready to get onboard the bandwagon as well. The company recently demonstrated at the IDF 2011 – Solid State Drives with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 support. Suitable for Macs and PCs, these drives are capable of transferring data at extremely high speeds: perfect for video editing or creating massive backups in a short amount of time.
The demonstration consisted of playing four uncompressed 1080p HD videos simultaneously, directly from a Thunderbolt SSD that was plugged into a Windows PC through a Thunderbolt interface. Data transfer rates were at a constant 700MB+ throughout the demonstration, with the videos showing no signs of hiccups or slowing down – a fine testament to the speed of the Thunderbolt-enabled SSD. No, the drive isn’t available on the market right now but we sure can’t wait to get our hands on one when it finally does.