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 kragil on Fri 25th Feb 2011 04:09 UTC 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?"
Tuxie Member since:
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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RE[4]: Thunderbold licensing?
by kragil on Fri 25th Feb 2011 11:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Thunderbold licensing?"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

I know. So???

My point was that if it is more expensive than plain USB like firewire was it will go nowhere.

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