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

Shawn Knight

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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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m4a4

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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)...
 

cliffordcooley

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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.
 

Darth Shiv

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

hahahanoobs

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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.
 

misor

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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.
 

sukhwant singh

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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?????
 

Darth Shiv

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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?????
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.
 
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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.
 

dividebyzero

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It's 128GB.
Not only that, but some people think that Thunderbolt is responsible for your download speed from your ISP.
Long live the Pirate Bat!
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