QNAP Systems has announced the release of the QXP-T32P Thunderbolt 3 expansion card. It is a PCIe Gen 3 x4 expansion card that adds two Thunderbolt 3 ports to the NAS configuration, which is routed to USB Type-C connectors.
The expansion card is compatible with NAS TVS-h1288X and TVS-h1688X. According to the manufacturer, installing the QXP-T32P in the NAS can provide significant bandwidth gains, in particular when viewing and editing 4K video in real-time.
The card connects storage to computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports. It is also compatible with computers with Thunderbolt 4 ports. Dual ports allow the NAS with the card to be daisy-chained up to six compatible devices. Note that cables are not included in the package.
Mr. Stanley Huang, Product Manager of QNAP, said: “Many video editing studios use QNAP products, providing us with greater understanding of their needs and requirements. We understand that not many of them have dedicated IT staff to handle upgrading and installing hardware, so we aim to provide easy solutions for adding additional connectivity and bandwidth. The easy-to-install Thunderbolt 3 expansion card provides the ability to greatly boost teamwork between Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro users. With SMB protocol support, Final Cut Pro users can create a library on a NAS volume and use it as if it were a local storage device.”
Price and availability
QNAP QXP-T32P Dual-Port Thunderbolt 3 expansion card has been priced at $129 and is now available to buy on the Bhphotovideo store.
QNAP has introduced the TVS-h1288X (priced at $1,999) and TVS-h1688X (priced at $2,399) enterprise NAS devices with the Intel Xeon processor. They are also compatible with PCIe Gen 3 cards which can supplement them with up to 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports. These NAS storage devices are also the first to be launched with the new QuTS hero operating system.