Products Thunderbolt


There are currently three ways to use Metric Halo interfaces with Thunderbolt- the first is to connect your Thunderbolt-enabled computer to the 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display:


Thunderbolt Monitor

The second option is Apple's Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter:


Thunderbolt Adapter

The third is to take advantage of Sonnet Technology's Thunderbolt to Expresscard adapter:


We have these configurations in-house and have qualified them for compatibility. The performance is the same as a native FireWire  port:

  • Three boxes at 44.1 - 48kHz
  • Two boxes at 88.2 - 96 kHz
  • Two boxes at 176.4 - 192 kHz

The Thunderbolt Display and either the Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter or Sonnet Echo/FW800 card can be used simultaneously to create two separate FireWire busses. This configuration will support up to six interfaces, or provide one bus for interfaces and another for hard drives. While it is assumed that using multiple Thunderbolt adapters on the Retina MacBook Pro is possible, we have not tested this configuration and can not certify its performance at this time.

The introduction of Thunderbolt opens up some interesting possibilities. That being said, we do not presently have a publicly available development timeline for the next generation of Metric Halo products. We are currently talking with Intel about integrating Thunderbolt technology into our hardware and once it is available, Thunderbolt will be included in all new products as well as an upgrade for all existing interfaces.



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