Magma Corning Thunderbolt

Taking Thunderbolt to the Next Level

Within the last 3 years, Thunderbolt has made its way into an increasing amount of workflows.  From studios, to mobile production, more and more people are incorporating Thunderbolt equipped hardware for its speed, simplicity, and availability. With the recent arrival of Thunderbolt 2, emphasis has been on speed, doubling from 10 Gb/s to 20 Gb/s.  Faster speed means more data, more consumption, more detail, and the expansion of possibilities for both the audio and video industry.

We know speed is important, but what if we told you it’s not the only reason to be excited about Thunderbolt 2?  Being able to access hardware, data, and workflows from further and further distances is becoming equally as exciting as data transfer speeds.  Thanks to Corning Optical’s new low loss optical Thunderbolt cables, professionals are able to create at over 10 meters away from workstations.  In case you don’t want to Google that, it is 33 ft.


Corning’s technology is rooted in over 40 years of research, development, and experience in the fiber optics industry.  Their advance into Thunderbolt adds to the estimated 1.8 billion kilometers of fiber optic cable that are currently installed worldwide.  While you probably won’t be operating a system on the other side of an ocean, fiber optic Thunderbolt cables make running systems in different rooms a possibility.  This is often ideal for professionals looking to minimize disturbances while recording or editing, and to maximize space.  With Corning Optical, professionals no longer have to sacrifice quality and speed in order to run equipment in a different location.

At Magma, we are especially excited about fiber optic Thunderbolt cables, because it allows professionals using our chassis to place them into more configurations that fit their needs.  Our ROBEN-3 Thunderbolt chassis are perfect for taking advantage of this new cabling.  We are already seeing this combination used by leading audio and video professionals.  The ROBEN-3 rack mount option makes integration into a separate server room and rack easy, while Corning’s optical cabling makes it possible.

Interested in more specs and news from Corning Optical?  You can visit their website here.  They have tons of great info, case studies, and white papers on how their technology is changing workflows and connectivity.

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