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Thunderbolt: A lot of noise, but very little spark

Subu Sankaran
7/11/2011 05:17 PM EDT

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re: Thunderbolt: A lot of noise, but very little spark
PR14   1/10/2012 7:16:59 AM
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See Sony Z series laptops whose docking station provides a fast graphics card and multiple video outputs, all connected via a single cable. Try doing that with USB.

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chippyhawkeye   1/9/2012 7:26:44 PM
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How does the market for TB accessories change when it is the default connector in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 later this year? The logical evolution here is docking stations for phones and tablets, not laptops...

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borkubed   7/29/2011 6:37:57 PM
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I've got a crate full of assorted cables. I despise the mess. TB will soon sweep most of that clutter away. If I want to plug into one workspace with big monitors and large file archives, I expect to be able to do that with TB. If I want to move to the veranda and type a letter, I won't have to unplug a Medusa mess to do it. I don't mind if those legacy connections hang on for awhile, as long as they do it on the far end of TB, where I don't have to deal with it.

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Darius Pl.   7/29/2011 7:56:54 AM
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From what I understand TB is not positioned to be the USB3 competitor. It is more intended for specifically the PC market as a connection between e.g. notebook and advanced docking station/display/RAID array etc. Look at the new Apple display. There a single TB is connecting the PC/NB to the display and then you have USB ports installed on the display. You then can chain such displays, what makes a bit more elegant connection due to just single cable between the PC and the rest of the peripherals. I like this setup. I hope that this will be adopted also by other PC/NB vendors.

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Sudarshan NS   7/27/2011 7:25:01 AM
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TB looks to me to take over USB3 and beyond. Intel will push TB for Display market and entertainment domain will be more colorful. Thanks TB ~Sudarshan

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NielV   7/19/2011 8:57:29 PM
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TB is not USB3 is not Firewire. Just like a car is not a truck is not a jet pack. It is stupid to develop a brand new interface to compete head-on with existing low cost interfaces, and I don't think Intel or Apple is stupid (stupid yet successful products, not stupid company). TB is a similar type of interface, but different purpose which we will only know the details of once products hit the market.

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peralta_mike   7/19/2011 2:16:20 PM
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Facts: 1.USB3 and Thunderbolt(TB) speeds are comparable. USB3=5Gb/s, Thunderbolt=10Gb/s. 2.USB3 is cheaper to implement than TB. 3.USB3 is compatible with USB2 & USB1, TB is NOT. My prediction: USB3 is going to take over. Sorry Thunderbolt.

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krisi   7/18/2011 1:59:51 PM
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Thunderbolt is 10 Gb/s while USB3 is 5 Gb/s. That doesn't sound like a big advantage to me and there is billion of USB ports installed already, even my mother knows what USB means ;-)...Kris

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MindTech   7/14/2011 5:03:16 PM
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Thunderbolt has potential, but only once adoption brings in into the PC and Netbook categories. I can imagine buying a light-weight ultra-thin computer that I can hook up to an external video card, monitor, sound card, and co-processor to turn in into a gaming system when I'm at home. I can then swap out components of my system and upgrade them as I choose, and still disconnect and have my light system for travel and portable use.

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elctrnx_lyf   7/14/2011 5:34:51 AM
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I think the Thundebolt will slowly gain momentum once the display vendors actually provide the display port for video interface. Soon this interface may gain place in tablets to support multimedia interface.

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