Matrox has announced the Matrox DS1 (http://www.matrox.com/docking_station/en/ds1/), a Thunderbolt docking station “that brings all the productivity benefits of a desktop computer to MacBook and Ultrabook users,” according to Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox .
From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can add multiple peripherals including a large DVI or HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, and a mouse. A gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to a wired corporate network, enabling data transfers 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. One SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, and a speaker/headphone output are also provided.
The DS1 is priced at US$249. It will be available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers beginning in September.