AKiTiO has announced its new Thunderbolt 3 dock for high-end mobile workstations. AKiTiO’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro features a 10 GbE port enabled by an Aquantia chip, along with multiple USB Type-A ports, card readers, eSATA, and other connectors.

The Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro from AKiTiO is aimed at creative professionals who happen to use 10 GbE Ethernet (or other multi-Gig options), so the vast majority of its owners right now will be from corporate space. In terms of connectors, the Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro has three USB 3.1 Type-A ports (one on the front, two on the back), one eSATA header, a DisplayPort, a 10 GbE RJ45 port enabled by Aquantia’s AQtion AQC-107 silicon, a 6-pin power input, and two TB3 connectors with 15 W and 60 W power delivery.

The complexity of AKiTiO’s Thunderbolt 3 dock should be rather formidable as AQtion AQC-107 silicon connects using a PCIe interface, whereas eSATA requires a separate controller. To cool down the device, AKiTiO uses a fan that can still be turned off in a bid to make the dock whisper quiet.

AKiTiO has not announced details about pricing of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro, but keeping in mind that this is the only TB3 docking solution for Apple’s MacBook Pro and other high-end laptops, we expect the device to carry a premium price tag.

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  • timecop1818 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Except they are standard. But Folio is just a toy, there's no need for a thunderbolt dock for that thing. The processor/gpu/cooling is crappy enough that you can probably barely browse facebook on it before it throttles itself down to "slow as shit" mode. Reply
  • wr3zzz - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    I can pretty much guess your age just by your simpleton statement that "Folio is just a toy". All laptops are tools and like any tool its utility depends on the user's ability to create value from which. Docking saves me time and my time is valuable.

    Also TB3 is a standard but TB3 docks certainly are not standardized. I have been building PC since 286 so you can keep your ignorance to yourself.
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  • cm2187 - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    Looks like a great product. I wish tb3 cables were longer to enable using them with a laptop on my lap without having a dock hanging on the side. Reply
  • shelbystripes - Saturday, October 20, 2018 - link

    There’s clearly something wrong with the conclusion here, since this is not “the only TB3 docking solution for Apple’s MacBook Pro and other high-end laptops”. I suspect you meant something like “this is the only TB3 docking solution with 10GbE...” Reply

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