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Thunderbolt Technology: The Fastest Data Connection to Your PC Just Arrived

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Intel Corporation today announced the availability of Thunderbolt technology, a new high-speed PC connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. Running at 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple, and is available first on Apple's new line of MacBook Pro laptop computers.

The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed "Light Peak") is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting ways to build and use PCs. Combining high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable is instrumental to achieving that vision. Thunderbolt technology delivers this via two communications methods, or protocols -- PCI Express for data transfer and DisplayPort for displays.



PCI Express has the flexibility to connect to almost any type of device, and DisplayPort can drive greater than 1080p resolution displays and up to eight channels of audio simultaneously. Thunderbolt technology is compatible with existing DisplayPort displays and adapters. All Thunderbolt technology devices share a common connector, and let individuals simply daisy-chain their devices one after another, connected by electrical or optical cables.

Thunderbolt technology is designed to meet the demands of serious HD media creators. For example, videographers can unleash their creativity using high-bandwidth audio and video capture/mixing devices, and get both low latency and highly-accurate time synchronization for real-time processing. At 10Gbps, larger media files are transferred faster so there's less time spent waiting to watch and edit videos. Data can be backed up and restored quicker, so there's less waiting for archived content. For mobile PC users, it means having a single connector on their ultra-thin laptop that extends their high-speed media and HD display capabilities at home or in the office. Thunderbolt technology is complementary to other I/O technologies that Intel continues to support.



"Working with HD media is one of the most demanding things people do with their PCs," said Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. "With Thunderbolt technology, Intel has delivered innovative technology to help professionals and consumers work faster and more easily with their growing collection of media content, from music to HD movies. We've taken the vision of simple, fast transfer of content between PCs and devices, and made it a reality."

"We're thrilled to collaborate with Intel to bring the groundbreaking Thunderbolt technology to Mac users," said Bob Mansfield, Apple's senior vice president of Mac Hardware Engineering. "With ultra-fast transfer speeds, support for high-resolution displays and compatibility with existing I/O technologies, Thunderbolt is a breakthrough for the entire industry and we think developers are going to have a blast with it."

Thunderbolt technology is powered by an Intel controller chip, and uses a small connector suitable for mobile devices that will be included in products supporting the technology. Several innovative companies have announced Thunderbolt technology-based products, or currently plan to support Thunderbolt technology in upcoming products, including Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise, and Western Digital. Intel is working with the industry on a range of Thunderbolt technology-enabled products including computers, displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations and more.

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ETA: 2 years.

Think of how fast USB 3.0 came onto the market, oh wait, it is still not mainstream yet.
 
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Can't see it taking off for pc's (Macs excluded) unless they go open source/license it as no one will make devices only for intel pc's that couldn't be used on an AMD machine.
 

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Copper Peak sounds shitty, so they went with Thunderbolt instead :p

We will need to wait for 5 years before we actually know whether this is a success or destinied to fail like Firewire.

Edit: I am not impressed, Bta: "OMFG looks, Thunderbolt connector! Let me try to plug my device through this superfast connector... oh, wait.... FUUUUUUUU...."
On the other hand, USB3.0: "hmm, this looks like a blue USB port." *le plug in* "oh, it works :3 "
 
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Sounds like another FireWire vs USB to me and we all know how that turned out. I don't see a significant need for this by a majority of end users. Besides, it's another chip that has to be utilized, totally new interface, drivers, cables, devices = $$$. I just don't see the point.
 

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is intel integrating this with the new ivy bridge chipsets?
 
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Copper Peak sounds shitty, so they went with Thunderbolt instead :p

We will need to wait for 5 years before we actually know whether this is a success or destinied to fail like Firewire.

Edit: I am not impressed, Bta: "OMFG looks, Thunderbolt connector! Let me try to plug my device through this superfast connector... oh, wait.... FUUUUUUUU...."
On the other hand, USB3.0: "hmm, this looks like a blue USB port." *le plug in* "oh, it works :3 "
Shush! Don't make fun of "Thunderbolt" or Thor will smite thee with his hammer!

But to be honest, it doesn't look that impressive. It just combines the 4x free pci-e lanes from the south bridge and a display port into a single connector. I guess the only revolutionary thing is how damn small they made it :]
 

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so is this faster than display port over pci-e 16x you know a real video card how is this faster if it goes through the chipset vs being directly off a VGA card?
 
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So Intel can't support something made by Intel...
 

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I think the main problem behind this is that it ain't cheap. Take USB for example, it was literally designed to be as cheap as possible, and it was a success. Now Firewire was not, and see where it is now.
 

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I am not impressed, Bta: "OMFG looks, Thunderbolt connector! Let me try to plug my device through this superfast connector... oh, wait.... FUUUUUUUU...."
On the other hand, USB3.0: "hmm, this looks like a blue USB port." *le plug in* "oh, it works :3 "
Well, that is why Intel has been avoiding USB 3.0 in its chipsets. Now Intel will use its market position to propagate Thunderbolt to everything that's been using USB 3.0 in 1~2 years' time.

I imagine Thunderbolt with its 1536 MB/s bandwidth having more market longevity (perhaps for the first half of this decade), compared to USB 3.0 with its 480 MB/s bandwidth, which is already bottlenecking 500+ MB/s SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs in USB 3.0 enclosures.
 
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how long until we start seeing this tech in peripheral devices though? thats whats going to truly determine market take-up and longevity
 
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meh... we already have 100gbit ethernet :D
alltho, we have no servers yet with more than 10...alltho our core switch got 100.
 
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"Can transfer a HD movie in 30 seconds." Well if you have a couple of RAID 0 array using several SSDs, then yeah... All storage devices are fine with USB 3.0, which is also more supported and compatible with other USB 2.0 devices. I do like the idea of a data connector and a display connector combined. Though I don't see new display connectors being widely adapted, since even DisplayPort isn't widely used.
 
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I personally think faster is always better, and I am willing to pay for it, but they will have to expand market share to see this succeed, no one like buying into tech only to see it fail.
 

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Now Intel will use its market position to propagate Thunderbolt to everything that's been using USB 3.0 in 1~2 years' time.
This is market abuse!
 
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Not really, no one will be forcing you to use it.
Well, they denied an existing technology so that they can push their own. Surely that is market abuse.
 
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I like the idea of a small netbook "docking" with thunderbolt. No need for proprietary docking stations anymore. With thunderbolt you could drive a serious GPU with no lag... meaning netbooks could drive the most demanding graphics applications when docked, and could also be used to connect to an external RAID enclosure. All over ONE wire.

This is also an interesting way to interconnect servers. A comms link significantly faster than gigabit and without the horrendous expense of 10G network and 10G switches.

In fact, the interconnect is fast enough to stick CPU/rendering resources at the other end. "Join" your PC to your laptop, or indeed two or more PC's together to great an inter-workstation.

Expect to see workstations with two thunderbolt ports.
 
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Well, they denied an existing technology so that they can push their own. Surely that is market abuse.
Given they created USB, they are free to do whatever they wish, if they wanted they could never officially support USB and there isn't a thing anyone could do about it.

You can't force a company to create or support a technology if they do not want to.
 

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I imagine Thunderbolt with its 1536 MB/s bandwidth having more market longevity (perhaps for the first half of this decade), compared to USB 3.0 with its 480 MB/s bandwidth, which is already bottlenecking 500+ MB/s SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs in USB 3.0 enclosures.
Actually, that's 1,250MB/s vs 600MB/s (10,000Mbps vs 4,800Mbps)

I don't see the problem in an external peripheral connector bottlenecking an 8-HDD RAID-0 array or a top-end SSD. If you have 1,000$ to spend on storage, you're not going to use USB.

OT:
I don't know what to think of this in general.
It seems to be the norm to have a competing interface that's only 2-3x as fast.
Firewire's 800Mbps vs USB 2.0's 480Mbps vs LAN's 1,000Mbps.

Now we have Firewire's 6,400Mbps vs USB 3.0's 4,800Mbps vs Thuderbolt's 10,000Mbps.

USB 4.0's 48,000Mbps vs Thunderbolts 2.0's 100,000Mbps is not necessary.

I think everyone's needs can be met with USB.
 
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