At NAB 2016 today, CalDigit has announced a selection of Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 storage devices that all provide speed, capacity and the latest connectivity standards. The CalDigit T8 is an 8-bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID solution with capacity up to 48TB, the T4 is a Thunderbolt 3 version of its popular T4 RAID device, the U6 is a professional USB 3.1 Type-C 6-bay RAID box with capacity up to 36TB, while the AV Pro 2 is a single removable drive solution with USB Type-C connectivity.
The T8 can handle speeds of up to 1440MB/s with SSDs installed, perfect for handling high-resolution video. It can be connected to an external 4K display or be used with computers with USB 3.1 Type-C connectors. No prices have been announced for the various configurations of the T8.
The Thunderbolt 3 T4 will add dual Type-C USB 3.1 ports and can match the 1440MB/s throughput of the T8 when equipped with SSDs. With HDs installed, it can be configured for a capacity of up to 24TB, while it will handle 4TB of storage with SSDs. Pricing will be confirmed at a later date.
The U6 will start at $1,399 MSRP for 12TB of storage and provides performance up to 850MB/s. The AV Pro 2 offers a removable hot-swappable drive, can give users up to 6TB of HD or 1TB of SSD storage, and will operate at speeds of up to 200MB/s with 3.5-inch HDDs or 430MB/s with SSDs. As with the T4 and T8, no pricing is available for the AV Pro 2.
CalDigit appears to be betting big on both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 with Type-C connectors, as all of the new products are fully equipped with the new interfaces. Thunderbolt 3 is not in use on any Apple products at this time, and only the 12-inch Retina MacBook uses the Type-C connector. It will be interesting to see if Apple's Mac announcements this year show support for the new interface types.
CalDigit notes that the products will all be available in late 2016.