NAMM 2018: UA Apollo And Thunderbolt 3

Universal Audio announces Thunderbolt 3 Option Card for Apollo audio interfaces      25/01/18

NAMM 2018: UA Apollo And Thunderbolt 3

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Universal Audio has announced the Thunderbolt 3 Option Card for Apollo rackmount interfaces. The card is compatible with Intel's new Thunderbolt 3 technology on the latest Mac and Windows computers.

Universal Audio CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. told us, "We're really excited to provide integrated Thunderbolt 3 connectivity across our Apollo rackmount product line. We've worked hand-in-hand with Intel to create rock-solid Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on Mac and Windows for Apollo that enables customers to get the most out of their audio workstation environment."

The user-installable Thunderbolt 3 Option Card includes two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, and easily slides into the expansion bay of Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 MkII audio interfaces. Bus power is provided to all downstream Thunderbolt 3 peripherals, allowing music producers to connect devices in series with the Apollo interface -- including additional Apollo or Arrow interfaces, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt devices, hard drives, monitor displays, and more.

Thunderbolt 3 Option Card -- Key Features:

  • User-installable Thunderbolt 3 Option card for Apollo rackmount interfaces
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for daisy-chaining Apollos or peripherals
  • Provides 15W bus power to downstream Thunderbolt peripherals
  • Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth delivers up to 40 Gbps for connecting hard drives, dual 4K monitors, and more
  • Requires macOS Sierra/High Sierra or Windows 10 w/Anniversary (64-bit Edition)


Pricing and Availability:
Thunderbolt 3 Option Card will begin shipping Spring 2018. Estimated street price to be determined.

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