On Thursday, LaCie introduced the 2Big USB 3.0, a RAID array the uses the new USB 3.0 connectivity standard.
Using a USB 3.0-compliant dual SATA and RAID bridge controller from Symwave, the 2Big USB 3.0 has a pair of hard drives that can be used as either a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array. LaCie says the 2Big USB 3.0 is capable of burst read speeds of up to 275MB per second.
Macs, however, use USB 2.0, not USB 3.0. Apple’s policy is to not comment about future product plans, so we don’t have concrete details on when we might see USB 3.0 on the Mac. And while USB 3.0 has started to trickle its way into the PC market, a USB 3.0 expansion card for Mac Pros has yet to make an appearance.
But despite the lack of USB 3.0 support on the Mac, LaCie says it will be there when USB 3.0 is finally available. “LaCie has always been a supporter of Mac compatibility,” said Kimberly Myers, Worldwide PR Manger for LaCie. “As you may remember with USB 2.0, it takes a little longer for driver support on the Mac OS. We will of course be on board when support for Mac becomes available.”
The 2Big USB 3.0 is available in capacities up to 4TB and will start shipping early next year. Pricing has yet to be determined. As of this writing, LaCie.com did not have a product page.