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— Thunderbolt 3 Option Card delivers high bandwidth, low latency connectivity for Apollos to Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac and Windows systems —

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • May 2nd, 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 is now shipping worldwide. 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 is now shipping in stores worldwide at $499 MSRP.

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)

Learn more about the Thunderbolt 3 Option Card here:


kmetal Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:48

audiokid, post: 456812, member: 1 wrote: I need a new interface. Nice to see there is a W10 Thuderbolt 3 now. But what is it all about? Is it super fast? What is "Windows 10 w/Anniversary (64-bit Edition)" compared to W10 64bit Pro?

TB gave my cousins Apollo more dsp bandwidth/headroom vs FW, im not sure if the same thing applies with TB3 vs previous gen. TB evolved very quickly, i would imagine the smoke has cleared for a little while with the TB3 standard. TB3 seems available in the upper middle and above current crop of machines, with various levels of backwards compatibility depending on motherboard. Its a consideration of mine as i spec out new computers ect. im guessing we'll see high track counts available with TB3, as newer interfaces adopt the protocol. pcie level latency specs are attainable too, so you can bring some pcie cards along with your latop out on the road or trail.

no idea what w10 anniversary ed is.