LaCie reveals new Mac-friendly USB 3.0 external drives

Lacie's just announced its next generation USB 3.0 drives meant to take advantage of the new Ivy Bridge internals of the latest MacBooks. The fresh Rugged Triple, Porsche Design P'9223 and P'9233, and RuggedKey models all use USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UAS) for maximum data transfer speeds to and from machines running Lion or Mountain Lion. If you're looking to pick one of these slick storage devices, they'll be available in Apple stores and on LaCie's website this summer.

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LONDON, UK – LaCie announced today that it has updated its entire USB 3.0 portfolio to include 2nd generation USB 3.0 products. The next generation USB 3.0 products will be available in Apple retail locations this summer.

For the last three years, LaCie has delivered premium USB 3.0 solutions to millions of Mac and PC customers. Building on this industry experience and momentum, LaCie has re-engineered its USB 3.0 range to take full advantage of computers that include Intel's Ivy Bridge processor with native USB 3.0 interfaces. LaCie's new USB 3.0 storage solutions will also benefit from performance enhancements within OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. Thanks to UAS (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), people with the latest Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and Macbook Pro with Retina Display will experience maximum USB 3.0 performance.

"At LaCie we're dedicated to USB 3.0. As a result, we've been able to deliver the widest range of USB 3.0 storage peripherals on the market," said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. "We've leveraged the exhaustive expertise of demanding content creators to develop best in class products for Mac users. LaCie's 2nd generation USB 3.0 products will exceed expectation and deliver the fastest, most seamless user experience available."

Everything from cables and USB keys, to professional RAID storage solutions have been re-engineered for advanced performances. LaCie's recently announced RuggedKey achieves top speeds up to 150MB/s in 32GB of flash memory – making it one of the fastest USB keys on the market. LaCie's popular Rugged Triple, and Porsche Design P'9223 and P'9233 have also been optimized for Mac and will be coming to the Apple retail locations this summer.

LaCie's 2nd generation USB 3.0 solutions will be available worldwide through Apple resellers, LaCie resellers and the LaCie Online Store.