Belkin has announced upgrades of its Thunderbolt Express Dock and Thunderbolt cable for Mac and PC during Computex. The Express Dock is a dock for both PC and Mac users, allowing access to up to nine peripherals via a single cable. The latest version of the dock adds USB 3.0 connectors and a eSATA functionality.
Both the dock and the new 1 metre Thunderbolt cable should reach the promised 10 gbit/s bi-directional speeds. Belkin says that the cable will allow you to transfer Full HD movies in just 30 seconds and stream video at Gigabit ethernet speeds. Up to six additional Thunderbolt products and high-resolution monitors can be daisy chained.
Features on Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock:
- Access to 9 peripherals with just one cable
- Cableless design
- Compatible with Mac en PC
- 3 USB 3.0 ports
- 1 Firewire 800 port
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1 eSata port
- 1 3.5mm output
- 1 3.5mm input
- 2 Thunderbolt ports (one upstream, one downstream for daisy chaining up to six additional Thunderbolt devices)
- Includes MiniDP to HDMI adapter
Features on Belkin Thunderbolt cable:
- Length of 1 metre
- Bi-directional Video/data transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps
- Double channel design
- Delivers up to 10 watts of power
- Daisy chaining up to six devices
Belkin's Thunderbolt cable will be released in July, while the Thunderbolt Express Dock is to follow in September. The new dock will be priced around $100 more than its predecessor, totaling $399 (£257).