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10 Dec

Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Dock available for Pre-Order

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Matrox DS1 lets you connect all the peripherals you need - including storage and a monitor - with one, small cable

For any new computer platform to be adopted widely, it needs to be expandable. Plug-in cards have allowed innovative smaller companies to piggy-back on the infrastructure of a host computer. This means that if you have some kind of specialist application, all you have to do is design an expansion card and not a whole computer and its associated operating system.

And this type of expandability has always been incredibly important to the digital media sector, allowing multi-track audio and even video to be manipulated on host computers that were otherwise completely inadequate for the task.

Breakthough architecture

In 2003, Avid introduced its Mojo hardware, a breakthrough product because it included video processing external to the PC, with connectivity provided by Firewire. For the first time, external processing was available without having to plug in an expansion card.

But fast though it was, Firewire could not compete with the PC's own data bus.

Thunderbolt!

Fast forward nearly a decade and we now have Thunderbolt. Originally only available on Apple computers, it is now available with PCs as well. And it is fast. Fast enough to send video to an external monitor, provide storage connectivity, and act as an external bus for other peripherals like mice, keyboards and printers - not to mention a network connection.

Thunderbolt is the connection that professional laptop users have been waiting for. MacBooks become an unruly mess if you want to use then with external screens, storage and peripherals. It's even worse with Macbook Airs because the 11" model only has two USB ports and a Thunderbolt port.

DS1

Matrox has just announced that their DS1 Thunderbolt docking station for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air is available for Pre Order. This small form-factor device has connections for a computer monitor (you can choose between support for DVI or HDMI when you order), keyboard, mouse, two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port, a gigabit Ethernet port, a loudspeaker/headphones output and a microphone input.

Why is there no dedicated storage connection? Because the flexibility of Thunderbolt means that you can daisy-chain devices, and the Matrox DS1 is designed to go on the end of the Thunderbolt chain, so that your storage is always the nearest device to the computer.


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  • Though faster is definitely better, Thunderbolt still won't alleviate the cable mess. You still need cables from the docking station to all the peripherals. What I'm waiting for is a truly wireless connection from the computer to all my external peripherals. Same goes for home entertainment centers. I hope my home insurance agent never asks to look behind my HDTV. What we need is bluetooth on steroids. Wires are so 20th century.

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David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. In his day job, David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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