NAMM 2018: UA Announce Thunderbolt 3 Option Card For Apollo Interfaces

If you’ve been craving improved performance from your Apollo rackmount interface(s), then you’ll be very interested to know that UA has announced an option card to do just that. Here’s Universal Audio will the full story…

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SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • January 25, 2018 — Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is pleased to announce 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.

“We’re really excited to provide integrated Thunderbolt 3 connectivity across our Apollo rackmount product line,” says Universal Audio CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “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 will begin shipping Spring 2018. Estimated street price to be determined.

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:
The Thunderbolt 3 option card is expected to release in Spring 2018. Pricing had yet to be announced. For further information head to the Universal Audio website.

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