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January 21, 2014 - Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis enables use of 2 single-width (or one single-width and one double-width) PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with Mac Pro® 2013, Mac mini, iMac®, MacBook Air®, MacBook Pro®, and other Thunderbolt™-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots. Bootable with AHCI-compliant cards, solution can daisy-chain up to 6 devices and enhances workflow productivity. Standard features include 2 Thunderbolt ports and 2 PCIe 2.0 x 8 (x4) mode slots for expansion.

OWC Mercury Helios 2 Expands Helios PCIe Thunderbolt(TM) Expansion Chassis Lineup with 20Gb/s and Support for Up to Two PCIe Cards

Other World Computing
1004 Courtaulds Dr.
Woodstock, IL, 60098

Press release date: January 10, 2014

Now with even faster throughput, Helios 2 adds more options to Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis line

Las Vegas, NV — Other World Computing, (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® upgrade and storage technology company debuted the addition of the OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis to its Helios line at CES 2014.  The Helios 2 is a solution for using two single-width, or one single-width and one double-width, PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with Mac Pro® (2013), Mac mini, iMac®, MacBook Air®, MacBook Pro®, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots due to size and/or design limitations.

More Users Can Now Tap Into Power of PCIe and Thunderbolt
Desktop workstations used to be the only way computer users could access high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture/editing, media transcoding, audio processing, and data storage. Now, with Mercury Helios or Helios 2, users of portable, all-in-one computers, and the new Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro 2013 can enjoy the functionality and productivity gains of these PCIe cards wherever their work takes them.

The original Mercury Helios is fast and flexible with throughput up to 10Gb/s, while the Helios 2 handles throughputs of up to 20Gb/s, and is the perfect solution to massively boost workflow productivity. Both are bootable with AHCI compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to six devices.

Helios 2 Key Features:

• Two Thunderbolt Ports
• Expansions slots: (2) PCIe 2.0 x 8 (x4) mode
• Up to 20Gb/s data transfer
• Daisy-chain up to six devices
• OWC One-Year warranty

The OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis will be available soon for $479.99. For more details, visit:

About Other World Computing (OWC)                                                                                                                     
Other World Computing has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad® enhancement products through its e-commerce portal As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US-based technical support for Macintosh® users around the world as well as Internet access via and

Widely recognized for the high quality of its products and exemplary customer service, OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 and 2011-2012 “Fast Fifty” List of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 “Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” list honoree 2007-2013, and Inc. “Hire Power Awards” honoree 2012-13; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009-2013; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010-2013; 2012 & 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for best Mac Peripheral Reseller; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies; McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 and 2011 Business Champion Award, 2013 Green Tech Company of the Year by Business Intelligence Group; CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree.

Company Contacts:
Eileen Milliard
(815) 333-5023        

Agency Contact: 
Andy Marken

OWC is a registered trademark of New Concepts Development Corporation, registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Canada. Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are the trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Apple, Mac, MacBook, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad are the trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Other marks may be the trademark or registered trademark property of their owners.

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Other World Computing – Since 1988
2650 Bridge Lane, Woodstock, IL
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