Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Feb 2011 14:49 UTC
Intel Apple has just updated its line of MacBook Pros. Usually, this isn't anything to get particularly excited about, but this time around, they've got a genuine treat: Thunderbolt. Apple is the first to use this new connection technology, developed at Intel and believed to be the copper version of Lightpeak. It's pretty impressive.
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RE: Thunderbold licensing?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 24th Feb 2011 16:35 UTC in reply to "Thunderbold licensing?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

...so it is a chipset and it isn't a licensable spec, neither free nor with royalties?


...and won't work with AMD processors...?

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RE[2]: Thunderbold licensing?
by nbensa on Thu 24th Feb 2011 17:01 in reply to "RE: Thunderbold licensing?"
nbensa Member since:
2005-08-29

"...so it is a chipset and it isn't a licensable spec, neither free nor with royalties?


...and won't work with AMD processors...?
"

Now you know WHY apple didn't go AMD...

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RE[2]: Thunderbold licensing?
by Lennie on Thu 24th Feb 2011 18:19 in reply to "RE: Thunderbold licensing?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Maybe it just is because they want to include DRM ?

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RE[2]: Thunderbold licensing?
by kragil on Fri 25th Feb 2011 04:09 in reply to "RE: Thunderbold licensing?"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

I don't have the time to investigate, but if mainboard manufactures have to pay Intel just a few cents for thunderbott then it will go the way of the firewire, which was a little bit more expensive than USB and so never got any real traction besides circles where 400mbit were really needed.

USB3 is cheap for manufactures and well known by the public and let's face it suffiently fast.

Bottom line: This is probably not the future.
But it is a clever replacement for the mini display port and will give iFans a thing to bragg about.

Edited 2011-02-25 04:20 UTC

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RE[3]: Thunderbold licensing?
by Tuxie on Fri 25th Feb 2011 11:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Thunderbold licensing?"
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2009-04-22

You seem to have missed the point. Using the correct cables (or adapters), thunderbolt is (or will be in the future) compatible with USB (including USB 3.0), Firewire, SATA, SCSI, Fibre Channel, HDMI, DVI, VGA, Ethernet and even PCIe. One port to rule them all, just select the correct cable.

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