Intel says prototype Thunderbolt flash drive is the world's fastest

By Shawn Knight
Jun 6, 2013
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  1. Haswell is no doubt Intel’s bread and butter at this year’s Computex trade show but that of course doesn’t mean that’s all they are showing. Case in point is a new prototype thumb drive that uses Thunderbolt connectivity to produce...

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 736   +259

    I thought the whole reason why it hasn't caught on very fast was the fact that it only deals with data, no power is supplied? (and hence why a commercial thunderbolt flash drive doesn't exist)...
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Or they can put a usb port on a phone...?
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Where is the power provided? Doesnt thunderbolt not transfer power?
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    The port itself can supports up to 10W, according to wikipedia anyways.
  6. cliffordcooley

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

    Seems to me we could use a pro and con article between USB vs Thunderbolt. Couldn't hurt to clear up some misconceptions. I think JC713 power question was spawn by my question in another thread.
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,602   +370

    Optical thunderbolt doesn't (currently) but copper does supply power as per Tekkaraiden's post.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    I'll wait for USB "3.1". I'm in no rush for transferring data over current USB 3 connections. This prototype is using a mini SSD, so your first adopters would be the extreme enthusiast, if it were to come to market... and survive.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I guess it shows that we all learn from each other xD.
  10. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    I hope wireless charging technology will be incorporated with wireless (data) transfer.
    I'd love to have wireless mouse/headphone/cellphone without the need to manually recharge or use cable.
  11. sukhwant singh

    sukhwant singh TS Rookie Posts: 46

    I have a little doubt. what is the use of that transfer speed I.e. 10 Gbps (1.2GBps). storage chip won't be able to store data with that speed. I think it won't be able to utilize full speed of usb 3.0 may be even 2.0.
    storage chips have much less read and write speed. what do you think guys?????
  12. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,602   +370

    It's a mini SSD device. You can just put chips in parallel or widen buses for easy bandwidth gains to the memory, let alone all the other dev going into modern SSDs. Considering at least 3 generations of SSDs have saturated SATA 3 (I.e. 6gbps), I doubt 10gbps is going to last long before getting saturated. I'd expect sequential reads to already get close if not hit that limit.

    TBH I think 10gbps as a milestone is a bit short sighted. Thunderbolt should have aimed for higher in the initial release.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    Thunderbolt 2.0 out already? I haven't even greeted Thunderbolt 1.0 yet.
  14. 128 megs is too small. I want 10 tb thumb drive. Where is it. Also I want to copy the Pirate Bay in matter of seconds on there. Download the Pirate Bat at thunder bolt speeds.
  15. I'm sure you can buy a Pirate bat in Pittsburgh.
  16. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,602   +370

    It's 128GB.
  17. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Not only that, but some people think that Thunderbolt is responsible for your download speed from your ISP.
    Long live the Pirate Bat!
  18. Oh and 128 gb isn't small?

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