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High-speed Thunderbolt interface coming to PCs

By Shawn Knight · 10 replies
Sep 14, 2011
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  1. Intel has announced that high-speed I/O interface Thunderbolt will be making its way to PCs. The news comes from day two of Intel’s developer conference during a stage demonstration of…

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    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 155   +12

    A HDD alone wont utilize the full bandwidth of USB3 let alone thunderbolt. I dont think it will be very useful for the average person until SSDs are priced right.
  3. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Booster Posts: 82

    Thunderbolt will fit right in on those old Rambus RAM machines. Another attempt by Intel to force people to pay them tribute. USB 3.0 has a huge advantage, the billions of USB 2.0 devices that will work with it. TB has zip, zero, squat, nada for an installed base and NO plans to be compatible with USB 2.0. DOA as Apple has such a minimal base, 5%, that they won't be much of driver for this tech.

    If it were to be used for internal connections, drives, system buses, as well as external devices and was USB 2.0 and/or 3.0 compatible, then it would blow past the current infrastructure and become mainstream. It ain't so it is dead.
  4. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    Well i am bottlenecked at gigabit networking for transfer between two PCs with simple RAID-0 hdds, so this will definitely come in handy. I hope there is networking support using it.
  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    Long distant, super-low-latency, super-high-speed data transfers without thousands of dollars of fiber network line equipment has a place in a lot of businesses and definitely in my home. Transferring 2TB of data over 100mbps network line takes days. Half a day on gigabit. This might take it down to a couple hours.
  6. *yawns and nods@dikbozo*
  7. Another vain attempt to milk more money from the consumers.

    3 words:

    Don't support Thunderbolt.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,268

    Intel wanted the interface to be compatible with USB....the USB-IF torpedoed the plan. Thunderbolt is also royalty free.

    Working hard to live up to that username, or you don't get Google where you live?

    Cool story bro
  9. An HD Raid would. These can be very affordable. A striped mirrored RAID or a larger array with parity can provide this higher level of throughput.
  10. pmshah

    pmshah TS Booster Posts: 109

    Did you say Thunderbolt was "Royalty Free" ? No wonder Apple used it just like BSD in OSX.
  11. Thunderbolt is intended to replace Firewire 400/800 and is not going to compete
    with USB3.0. If before the earlier comments were made, there was the experience to understand
    PC technology better then they would know there is a great big hole in superfast video and audio
    communications to PCs and Apple's. Ask anybody in the digital media business
    and they will be foaming at the mouth for machines equipped with this technology.
    USB is pretty well a monsterfied exercise for integration between computer and external
    hardware in this field. This is the first 'true' attempt to make a computer interface
    with another device requiring data to deliver virtually latency free synchronus communications.

    Go down to your local music studio and ask them what they think will be delivered by thunderbolt.

    Its not another con to boost sales away from 'i've already got it' loss of sales because
    this technology provides something that we simply didnt have before its invention.

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