Magma Expansion Helps Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Connect to Thunderbolt Peripherals

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Lenovo’s mobile workstation leverages Thunderbolt speed and access to PCI Express cards through Magma’s Thunderbolt expansion chassis.

We are always excited to work with Lenovo, and testing compatibility for our Thunderbolt expansion chassis has been a seamless experience.

Magma has announced compatibility with the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation. Magma has been working closely with Lenovo on a range of expansion chassis compatibility tests, ensuring that data speed and integrity meets certain standards over the Thunderbolt protocol. Networking, instrumentation, audio, storage and video cards are now available to Lenovo ThinkPad W540 users, further expanding their workstation and workflow options.

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is one of the first mobile workstations to offer Thunderbolt ports, allowing creative professionals to take advantage of the 10 Gbps speed to connect peripherals. Paired with a Magma Thunderbolt Expansion chassis, creative professionals will be able to work faster and more efficiently with 4K video files, multi-track audio files, and connect to fast networked storage.

Industrial automation, test and measurement professionals can now use a variety of PCI Express cards to control and access processes previously available only as part of a tradition desktop workstation configuration. Thunderbolt technology dramatically increases the number and types of applications that the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 can be used in.

“We are always excited to work with Lenovo, and testing compatibility for our Thunderbolt expansion chassis has been a seamless experience,” says Julia Elbert, vice president of engineering at Magma. “When we receive opportunities to open up technology to more users, we always take the time to ensure our clients will have the same experience over all platforms.”

“The combination of the ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation and Thunderbolt expansion for support of PCI Express adapter cards is an exciting new initiative that will benefit our customers.” says Victor Rios, vice president and general manager, Workstation, Lenovo. “We look forward to working with Magma to enable the next generation of visionaries with new and innovative solutions.”

Magma’s full line of Thunderbolt chassis are compatible with the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 including, the ExpressBox 1T, ExpressBox 3T, and ROBEN-3 series expansion chassis. This offers ThinkPad W540 users a range of options from single-slot expansion, to multi-slot expansion, and desktop or rack mount solutions.

To optimize system performance, consumers should contact their Magma sales representative to receive assistance on component selection recommendations based on their application requirements.

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About Magma    

Magma develops and manufactures expansion computing solutions using Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe), and Thunderbolt Systems for servers, desktops and portable computing platforms. Magma’s line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging from single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, Reliable Available Serviceable (RAS) systems specifically designed for mission critical environments.

Magma products are platform independent and are used in a variety of industries including audio and video production, test and measurement, medical imaging, surveillance, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, data acquisition, and high performance computing. Magma’s team of experienced engineers has been developing expansion and connectivity solutions since 1987 and holds more than a dozen technology patents, making them a pioneer and leader in the market space. All Magma products are designed and assembled in the United States. For more information about Magma visit

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a US$39 billion personal technology company, the largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smartphones. As a global Fortune 500 company, Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see

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