Intel makes Thunderbolt 2 official, entering production in late 2013

By Jos
Jun 5, 2013
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  1. After first unveiling the next generation of Thunderbolt back in April, today Intel is sharing a few additional details about the super-fast interconnect technology along with announcing its official name: Thunderbolt 2 -- not a huge surprise there.

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  2. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 159   +41

    It would be nice if manufacturers actually made devices that used Thunderbolt. I have a desktop with it, but the port just collects dust.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    This should replace USB. I think the connector has to be thinned down further. USB has the advantage at this moment because of the thin profile.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +193

    I think Thunderbolt should replace USB where it matters... but I don't think I will ever need to plug a mouse or keyboard into a Thunderbolt port.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I was under the impression Thunderbolt does not provide power, which is where USB shines the most.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I think you are right.

    Yeah, true.
  7. Can you let the mass population at least get up to date with thunderbolt 1 first. Some people haven't even touched USB 3.0 yet.
  8. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +193

    As long as it all remains backwards compatible... I say, "Push forward!"
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,375

    Timing for the announcement is interesting, just 1 week before Apple's WWDC. I think we may have a chance to see this new interface featured in the upcoming Macbook Pro/Air update to be revealed next week, considering that Apple has been the biggest proponent of Thunderbolt.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,759

    Hell, who needs USB for those, if your board still has PS-2 ports?

    I just keep a USB mouse around in case a machine fails to detect PS-2 on resume from standby.
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,375

    New generation of high-precision mice provide more traffic than PS-2 can handle. But knowing you, I think you would be more interested in a high-precision mousetraps, they don't need a PC at all ;) Here's the most efficient way to trap mice:

  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Who needs a wireless mouse? Death to them all. LOL
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,759

    Well, I can't exactly use up the bandwidth of PS-2. I'm old, mainstream, lazy, and overall not that infatuated with my computer prowess.

    As to real mice, I have two declawed old cats. They have very little success at actually catching mice, but they do work their nerves to a frazzle, while relegating them to hiding inside the gas range. Which frankly, has been superseded by the microwave anyway..

    As far as your concept mouse trap goes, I think you should put one in your living room and tell all your guests it's an "aquarium".

    Then piss on their heads, and tell them it's "raining".
  14. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    some people that I know are now purchasing usb 3.0 flash drives although most of them don't have usb 3.0 ports yet.
    the price between usb 3.0. and usb 2.0 devices are small so it's better to buy the newer generation.
  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,375

    Oh, you are getting too cranky on me... :) I like the first idea, it will keep unexpected guests away. I leave the second one to our local politicians, they are experts at this...
  16. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Enthusiast Posts: 69   +9

    TB will be dead in the same as FW is by now. Said that from the beginning and I cannot see anything on the horizon that will change current status quo. USB 3 is simply far superior option. And most important USB3 is crap load cheaper to implement than that whole minefield of proprietary BS connected with Thunderbolt.

    As for mouse/keyboard discussion. Nothing will ever beat PS/2.

    Oh and BTW: death to all thing wireless. I hate those badly, starting with curse of modern world - mobile phone.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    It's way to early to draw that conclusion. Especially if and when fiber optics are implemented, which was the initial designs of Light Peak.
    I don't believe Thunderbolt tech will remain expensive. I could be wrong but in my mind, Intel is allowing Apple to pave the way and soon we will start seeing many new cheaper devices for PC.

    If you ask me monitors/TVs and external storage (not portable storage) should be among the first to adopt Thunderbolt.
  18. I hope you're not serious about that mouse trap thing because that is incredibly cruel.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Would it make a difference if there was a "Danger Do Not Enter" sign on the bucket?
    VitalyT likes this.

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