With Apple’s brand new Macbook, the newest Chromebook and even some motherboards featuring the new USB Type-C connector there will be many different peripherals coming out that work with the connector. The first type of devices that we will be seeing are storage devices.
LaCie drives are very well known among Mac users, and they have just announced a brand new Porsche Design mobile drive that uses the USB-C connector. The drive comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities and is designed to work with Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook and is also compatible with the Mac OS Time Machine back-up software. This drive is set to ship next quarter. We also expect to see drives like this from WD, Seagate, Samsung and Toshiba.
Moving on to flash storage SanDisk announced their Dual USB Drive Type-C flash drive. Like other dual drives we have seen with a USB and microUSB connector this drive has both a USB Type-A and USB Type-C connector on it. Currently the only capacity available for this drive is 32GB. This drive will start shipping in the second half of the year.
EMTEC is also getting in the USB Type-C game with their DUO Type C 2-in-1 flash drive. This drive is designed to work with Apple’s new MacBook, Nokia N1, Chromebook Pixel and other devices that have a USB Type-C connection. This 2-in-one device has a typical USB 3.0 Type-A connector on one end and a USB Type-C connector on the other end. These drivers will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and should ship in Q2 of this year.