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[BBC] Intel launches high speed Thunderbolt connector

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Chip manufacturer Intel has announced it is to roll out a new technology for connecting computers and peripherals.

The system, known as Thunderbolt, promises transfer speeds twice as fast as USB 3.0.

However it won't reach its theoretical maximum because Intel has opted to use copper wires rather than fibre optic cables.

The company said it would gradually move to higher speeds over time.

Apple will become the first manufacturer to use Thunderbolt, on its Macbook Pro computers.

The Cupertino firm is said to have been a major driver of its development, although it remains to be seen how may other manufacturers will adopt the new standard.

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So, spend $XX for a light peak add on card, buy new light peak devices that cant work on other computers without an adaptor and possibly drivers, and still end up limited to usb speeds on most computers? Then end up without backward compatibility? I'll stick with USB unless this spreads out or gets cheap.

We saw what happens when only one company supports a standard, Firewire. It came before USB and barely exists. USB had a bunch of support from Microsoft, OEMs, and other businesses. Unless other companies find a reason to make their products more expensive, I don't see much adoption.
Edited by AMDPhenomX4 - 2/27/11 at 8:52pm
post #3 of 32
Yeah this doesn't seem very useful, theres no need for it so why would they create it when they already have usb. They should just improve usb.
post #4 of 32
But wasn't USB just improved with the relatively new and unused USB 3.0?
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I'll stick with my high-speed 5.25" floppy's. I don't buy into this new-fangle technology..... i'll be the last one laughing in 2012.
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post #6 of 32
usb 3 has serious potential, and it's backwards compaitible.
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Hopefully, it'll die out soon. Like manufacturers pushing 3D TV's when most people aren't even interested.
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post #8 of 32
The amount of bandwidth offered by this "amazing" technology is close to 10Gb/s, and I am pretty sure nothing can saturate that kind of bandwidth, except for maybe GPU's.
Daisy-chained devices anyone?
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I love how the article says that eventually Apple will migrate to a single connector rather than what they have now which is Firewire and USB. Funny word there USB, as in Universal Serial Bus, as in this was supposed to have been the single connector if they ever got to the point where the speeds were where it would be conveniently useful for everything.

The only advantage that Thunderbolt has that I see is the theoretical upper limit of 100Gbs. And being able to run displays as well as everything else.

Meh. I will wait until if and when this is wider adapted and see where it goes.
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I need to clear something up. Was the term "Lightpeak" only ever just a code name and now Intel is calling it "Thunderbolt". Or is the term "Thunderbolt" just another silly Apple nick naming scheme similar to "Facetime". Because if it's official name is still "Lightpeak" then the last thing we need is a bunch of idiots going around calling it "Thunderbolt" simply because Apple calls it so.
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