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HP dismisses Intel's Thunderbolt in favor of USB 3.0

By Emil · 19 replies
May 18, 2011
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  1. Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest PC manufacturer, is not impressed with Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect. The company has declared that it will not use it in new desktop PCs, and will instead…

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  2. The fact that Intel developed Thunderbolt with Apple makes Thunderbolt more repulsive, since Apple is the most repulsive company out there, makes you puke.
  3. "Intel's latest 32nm Sandy Bridge processors only support USB 2.0"

    Did you guys even attempt to do any fact checking? There are plenty of Sandy Bridge based laptops and motherboards out that have USB 3.0. Just look at this Intel reference P67 board.

    "with SuperSpeed USB 3.0"
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,636   +1,026

    I'll admit that HP did something smart by going with USB 3.0
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,099   +870

  6. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 189   +36

    They're talking about native USB 3.0 support via the core logic chipset. P67\H67 doesn't natively support USB 3.0, so motherboards based on these chipsets must use an external controller (usually developed by NEC) to provide USB 3.0 support.

    Heck, there are X58 motherboards with USB 3.0 ports (once again, provided via an external controller). However, like P67\H67, X58 does not natively support USB 3.0.
  7. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    Well yeah HP is globally known for innovation and setting the pace for the future of technology...

    And as slamscaper said I also don't believe Intel currently supports USB 3.0 natively, from what I've read they intend to add support this year.
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    That is correct; same with AMD though they may actually adopt it natively before Intel but we have to see if this is true in their Bulldozer release.
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    People don't want to have to deal with yet another format war. USB won. Thunderbolt is going to have to be so amazing that people are going to want to abandon USB in its favor.

    "PC" manufacturers don't have the luxury of its customers lapping up everything that is served them, your average computer user is just going to want to make sure that everything they have plugs into the new computer.
  10. I really hate the current situation with USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt all floating around at the same time, we were finally getting away from having a dozen different ports and now we're slipping back into those days. It would help if Intel and AMD just replaced the USB 2.0 logic with 3.0 ones entirely, rather than insisting on having both in their chipsets, I don't see why having both is necessary when USB 3.0 is backward compatible.
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,099   +870

    What is it with Guests on this story? Read the comments above!

    They don't have both in their chipsets, its the motherboard manufacturers adding a USB3.0 compatible chip onto the boards.

    AMD and Intel do NOT support USB3.0 on their chipsets yet.
  12. I read those and did think maybe I should have made myself clearer, but though it was pretty obvious what I was talking about... I'm aware of the current chipsets lack of USB 3.0 support and the fact they use third party controllers, I mean the upcoming ones, e.g. Panther Point, which is apparently going to have 14 USB 2.0 ports and 4 USB 3.0 ones, why not just make them all USB 3.0 since we can still use USB 2.0 devices with USB 3.0 ports? I have to admit I don't follow AMD's chipsets as much, but I assume it's a similar deal.
  13. Speed of USB 3.0 is enough to connect any device...

    and 6 USB ports (for example 3 x 3.0 + 3 x 2.0) are enough too...

    Who needs more ???
  14. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    No it's not enough. Unfortunately your idea that you're usage is the representation of everyone is incorrect.
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    The undoubted "oracle" of the tech world for sure. I for one wait with baited breath for every HP pronouncement.

    It's forward thinking tech and the amazing outsourced-to-Kyrgyzstan support that keep me coming back to Hewlett-Packard
  16. Mamoon69

    Mamoon69 TS Rookie Posts: 18

    ""Intel delayed supporting USB 3.0 in order to push Thunderbolt"" ???

    Intel is delaying support for it's Matrix RAID SATA-3 controller which -once supported- would remove a bottleneck from high-speed SSD drives like OCZ Vertex 3. Or, may be Intel have other plans for Matrix RAID SATA-3 ???
  17. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s /8/1024/1024 = 596 MBs (however it cant reach all that speed, ~440MB/s is common)

    Thunderbolt - 10 Gbit/s /8/1024/1024 = 1192 MBs (Apple says it reaches 746 MB/s read 864 MB/s Write)

    The OCZ-VERTEX3 MI wich is the fastest SSD in the market (yes rite now) manages a top peak speed of 501 MB/s meaning that USB 3.0 is in fact VERY capable of keeping the best transfer device we have, so why do we need TB? or are you gona buy 2 or 3 OCZ-VERTEX3 MI, RAID them and and put it external?

    One thing is to push technology forward but another thing is to push all technology forward so it can keep up all together, HP is rite since theres no actual need of TB atm.
  18. The motherboards may support it, but NONE of Intel's chipsets do. I think that was the point.
  19. You guys aren't quiet getting it...

    Thunderbolt can encapsulate all of your USB 1.x/2.0/3.0, eSATA, and video traffic. It has two independent buses making it four times faster than USB 3.0 (this doesn't even take into account that USB 3.0 cannot produce throughputs near it's 5Gb theoretical maximum).

    Thunderbolt should be thought of as a external PCIe expansion that can also carry video. doesn't surprise me that HP passed...
  20. This is good news, now where are the USB 3.0 graphic tablets, printers and Webcams we have been awaiting to arrive in the US marketplace?


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