Promise Technology Unveils Smartphone-Size, Flash-Based Desktop Storage Device

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-18 Print this article Print

Pegasus J2, designed as a storage complement for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks, uses a Thunderbolt interface and will be available in 256GB and 512GB capacities.

Consumer and small-business storage device maker Promise Technology on June 18 introduced the Pegasus J2, a Thunderbolt interface storage device, which the company claims can move data at speeds up to 750MB per second in a device the size of a smartphone.

Pegasus J2 (pictured next to an Apple mouse), designed as a storage complement for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks, is a pocket-sized NAND flash-based storage device that will soon be available in 256GB and 512GB capacities.

Thunderbolt is a new-generation interface for connecting peripheral devices to a PC via an expansion bus. Thunderbolt was developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple. It was introduced commercially on Apple's updated MacBook Pro lineup on Feb. 24, 2011, using the same connector as Mini DisplayPort.

Though the Thunderbolt trademark was registered by Apple, full IP rights belong to Intel, which subsequently led to the transfer of the registration from Apple to Intel.

Thunderbolt combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into a serial data interface that can be carried over longer and less costly cables. Thunderbolt driver chips multiplex the data from these two sources for transmission and then de-multiplex them for consumption within the devices. This makes the system backward-compatible with existing DisplayPort hardware upstream of the driver.

Promise Technology, founded in San Jose, Calif., in 1988, has headquarters offices in Taiwan and Milpitas, Calif. Pegasus J2 JBOD ("just a bunch of drives") expansion units will be available for order from the Apple Online Store beginning in early Q3, the company said. 

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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