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[2]: Thunderbold licensing?
by robmv on Thu 24th Feb 2011 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Thunderbold licensing?"
robmv
Member since:
2006-08-12

HyperTransport can be licensed by anybody from HyperTransport Consortium, anybody can license USB specs, from the wording of the Intel announcement it looks like nobody can build a chipset for Thunderbolt

"Thunderbolt products require a controller chip supplied by Intel"

it does not says

"Thunderbolt products could be built with license from Intel" or something like that

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RE[3]: Thunderbold licensing?
by Karitku on Thu 24th Feb 2011 19:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Thunderbold licensing?"
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

And keep mind this is Intel, biggest and worst monopoly in HW industry. They are under investigation by USA, EU and Korea. This is company that can deliver failed hardware and yet make strongest sales figure. Company that can overprice it products and yet sell more than competitors. Didn't AMD needed to call EU officials before whole USB3 fiasco was avoided? Intel is kind a like IBM was back in days, bullying smaller guys by making property HW that it doesn't license, shady supplier deals and creating so called standards without allowing others to use them fairly or say anything.

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