Corsair not convinced by Intel's Thunderbolt

Corsair is adopting a 'wait and see' approach to Intel's latest peripheral connectivity standard, Thunderbolt, despite devices based around the technology appearing in retail already.

Thunderbolt, which officially launched with Apple's latest MacBook refresh, was surprisingly absent at this year's CeBIT - and a spokesperson for Corsair's storage and memory arm told thinq_ that it has no plans to produce devices that support the new standard.

Thunderbolt is the first outing for Intel's Light Peak technology, a standard which combines both PCI Express and DisplayPort technologies onto a single high-speed cable capable of transferring up to 10Gb/s bidirectionally - or around twice that of USB 3.0.

Despite the speed advantages offered by Thunderbolt, Corsair confirmed that it will be concentrating on USB 3.0 for its external storage devices and SATA for its internal storage devices - including its flagship Force GT range.

The company is also retaining its focus on the high-end consumer sector, telling us that it has no plans to launch enterprise-grade storage devices - one of the few SSD specialists at the show that didn't have at least one model featuring encryption or SAS connectivity on display.

A Corsair spokesperson did reveal, however, that the company is investigating the possibility of launching PCI Express based SSDs, which can offer significantly improved throughput compared to single-controller SATA models - although told us that no decision on that front will be made until later this year.

The Corsair SSD range is popular among premium system builders, and has recently received a shot in the arm thanks to the company's decision to make it clear which of its models feature 25nm flash NAND technology - either by adding the suffix 'A' to the low-end models, or by reducing the stated storage capacity from 120GB to 115GB on the higher-end models.