Universal Audio ships Thunderbolt 3 Option Card for Apollo audio interfaces


Universal Audio has announced that 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.

Universal Audio Thunderbolt 3 Option Card for Apollo

“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 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).

The Thunderbolt 3 Option Card is now shipping in stores worldwide at $499 USD MSRP.

More information: Universal Audio

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I hope they’re going to make a TB3 Apollo Twin. It’s the one thing putting me off getting one for my TB3 laptop. I could get the TB3 Arrow, but the Twin is more powerful, and right now I’d need to pay extra to get the TB2 adapter and it would add unnecessary bulk to my setup.