Hint at thunderbolt to USB 3.0 from owc?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Richdmoore, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I read some of the comments talking about thunderbolt, it sounds like a hint that owc is planning to create (or just stock someone else's) thunderbolt to USB 3 adapter. (I assume OWC Larry is an employee.)

    I hope this rumored product is released soon. (Two thunderbolt ports to daisy chain, and one or more usb 3 outputs would be the best.) An adapter to usb 3.0 will be a great upgrade for the 2011 Mac owners.

    Here is the relevant conversation:

    Matt Brusven
    October 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    Any chance on a thunderbolt to USB 3 adapter?

    OWC Chris S.
    October 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    Like most other questions regarding potential products (and Thunderbolt items in particular) we really can’t comment on anything that may or may not be in the pipeline. All we can suggest you keep an eye out here on the OWC Blog, as we announce the products here as soon as they’re released.

    OWC Larry
    October 11, 2012 at 10:08 am
    Likely by Christmas… and likely will be requiring 10.8 or later….

  2. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    Most likely Larry O'Connor, President of OWC/MacSales

    Why the later date? Apple's XHCI driver will not work with a 3rd party USB 3.0 controller; it only works with the USB 3.0 controller built into Macs that support it. If you were to install a 3rd party USB 3.0 ExpressCard into a MBP 17, or PCIe card into a MacPro, Apple's driver will not support it under 10.7.5 or 10.8.x

    Apple added XHCI driver for USB 3.0 to custom build of 10.7.4 that shipped with the first Macs that supported USB 3.0 natively. 10.7.5 and 10.8.x provided the driver in all builds that run on supported Macs.
  3. johnbrandt macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2012
  4. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I've been waiting for that hub for so damn long now it's getting ridiculous.

    Thunderbolt display may not be released with USB3 until a new Mac Pro hits the shelves.

    There are TB - Ethernet, Firewire, eSata, Optical, etc etc etc but getting a TB to USB3 adaptor is like pulling teeth. People would buy that dongle/hub more than anything else, all 2010 model Macs with TB and USB2, whoever made just a simple 1 or 2port dongle would probably make a killing. Most don't need an entire hub.

    I was talking myself out of upgrading iMacs for another year or two but I may just go ahead and do an 27" i7 and be done with the waiting game. I rely a lot on external storage devices and going longer and longer without USB3 is getting tougher and tougher to do.
  5. electronique macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Great price.. Put me down for 4.
  6. Imac Sam macrumors 6502

    Imac Sam

    Oct 9, 2011
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
    +1 on that. I would buy one in a heartbeat.
  7. Richdmoore thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Me too..... I really hope one is released in the first quarter of 2013.
  8. davedpss macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2007
  9. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
  10. jorgechamorro macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2013
    But they say that their USB3-Expresscard won't work in their TB-Expresscard adapter.


    Dreaming for +2 dongles for me too.

    But I guess the reason this dongles don't exist yet is in the USB3 drivers.
  11. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010

    10.8.2 and newer supports Fresco Logic chipsets.
  12. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Sell your 2011 Mac and buy a 2012/2013 one, or to get an USB 3.0 hub if your Mac has USB 3.0 already. Everything else is more expensive.
  13. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    Thats the best looking hub to me, and I was all set on waiting for them to release 3.0, but MANY hubs will NOT power an ipad or be used to solely power something. Thats why I went with a hub that has a dedicated 5V 2.1A charging port.
  14. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Just a reminder that most USB 3.0 hubs (including the one above) have had buggy firmware that ends up causing stability and sleep issues for a MAC and USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures (especially those that push the bus speed with SSDs or RAIDs). Belkin is a hub with a solid implementation that works well. There may be others by now, but thats not what most hub vendors test.
  15. Giuly macrumors 68040


    The Satechi has been on the market for three weeks or so and I haven't seen any complaints about the firmware yet.
  16. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    The Kanex 4 port USB 3.0 Hub is good. I have used it for a few months with no probs. I run two 4TB's in RAID-0 and get 270MB/s r/w as well so it produces good speeds.

    Not sure about sleep issues because my Mac is on 24/7.

    It is a Mac/OSX centric hub too.

  17. jimthing macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2011
    London, UK
    £60/$90 for a 4port USB 3 hub!

    Actually that's quite reasonable at the moment (given it can power on one of the ports too), but to think the same thing in ol' fashioned USB 2 flavour would be a tenth of that price. Huff-puff!

    The only good news, is that give it another 12 months, and we'll see it perhaps half by then, me thinks.

    New fangled technology for ya, hey! :rolleyes:
  18. KaraH macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    Yeah, the hub is nice but overkill for what I need. My SSD is on a USB port and since bandwidth is shared with one USB controller I *really* do not want to suck up a huge part of the bandwidth for just my backup drives or a blu-ray burner. Having them on a totally separate USB controller is ideal as them slowing each other down is not as big a deal. I just want to be able to send tbolt to a usb controller then out to a usb3 port.

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