London, 7th June 2012 - Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, is today announcing the launch of the world's first portable Thunderbolt™ and USB 3.0 dual-interface external drive solution. With the expected widespread adoption of Thunderbolt by Windows® PC manufacturers joining the existing and sizable Apple® availability, the MiniStation Thunderbolt / USB Portable Hard Drive is ideal for PC and Mac® users looking for the fastest interface speeds while preserving backward compatibility with existing devices that support USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.
“Creating, storing and moving digital content on the go has always been a challenging proposal for all types of users as either the interface was incompatible or too slow or the storage solution was physically too large,” said Paul Hudson, Sales Director for Northern Europe at Buffalo Technology. “Collaborating with Intel to deliver the world’s first dual-interface Thunderbolt and USB storage solution as well as the world’s first portable Thunderbolt hard drive reaffirms Buffalo’s pioneering spirit and engineering excellence.”
Housed in a sleek aluminum body with a transparent frosted top, the MiniStation Thunderbolt features an indirect disk access LED indicator on the underside that tastefully illuminates its supporting surface. Bus-powered, the HDD requires no additional power supply, and it can be formatted to support both PCs and Macs, making it a great portable storage solution for any device. Compatibility with Mac OS X Time Machine also makes the MiniStation Thunderbolt / USB Portable Hard Drive an ideal solution for backup with Mac computers.
“Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt marketing. “Products like the Buffalo’s MiniStation Thunderbolt / USB Portable Hard Drive help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible.”
The MiniStation Thunderbolt / USB Portable Hard Drive is the first to couple the ubiquitous 5 Gbps super speed USB 3.0 port for legacy support with the 10 Gbps Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel® to deliver maximum interface speeds and compatibility. Consumers can now move digital content faster, simplify connections between devices, maintain compatibility with nearly any device and foster new and exciting ways to use portable storage.
Buffalo’s MiniStation Thunderbolt will be available in 500 GB and 1 TB, early summer in the USA, mid summer in EU, Japan, followed by Asia Pacific and China. For more information about Buffalo products and where to purchase, please visit the company’s web site at www.buffalotech.com.
About Buffalo Technology
Buffalo is a global manufacturer of innovative storage, multimedia, and wireless networking products for the home and small business. The company is recognised as the Number 1 total PC peripheral manufacturer in Japan, and was the worldwide consumer NAS market leader in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (In-Stat).
The company’s storage products are addressing the needs of the individual and the business, providing cost-effective network attached storage (NAS), portable and desktop hard drives, multimedia players, and Wireless LAN routers, which together offer a complete and integrated solution for the small office and digital home environment.
Buffalo’s product portfolio includes its TeraStation™ NAS devices which are specifically designed to bring Enterprise Storage to the SMB. The LinkStation™ range of NAS products, takes multimedia NAS to the home, and enables you to create a central location to share information, store files, photos and music, and save all your digital content, simply and easily. The AirStation™ range of easy-to-use, high performance wireless networking products for the SMB/SoHo and home user, with industry-leading AOSS™ (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) technology, allows users to build and manage secure wireless networks at home or in the office at the push of a button.
Buffalo’s strong international industry alliances with companies such as Intel, Broadcom™, Nintendo and Microsoft have allowed it to lead the industry in the development of the latest technologies into practical tools for the business and the home. Headquartered in Japan, Buffalo Technology has offices in the UK, France, The Netherlands, USA and Taiwan.