Intel's Thunderbolt promise: It's all about fewer wires

Intel's Thunderbolt promise: It's all about fewer wires

Summary: Intel's Thunderbolt technology is a wet dream for techies: It runs at 10Gbps, can transfer a full HD movie in less than 30 seconds and uses two communications protocols for data transfer and displays. The big deal is less wiring.

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Intel's Thunderbolt technology is a wet dream for techies: It runs at 10Gbps, can transfer a full HD movie in less than 30 seconds and uses two communications protocols for data transfer and displays. Geeks everywhere are salivating.

Thunderbolt will be huge, but once the geekspeak is pushed aside the impact of Intel's latest technology boils down to two words: Fewer wires.

Anyone who has had to move a PC recently knows the rat's nest that lurks behind the computer case. In a nutshell, your PC wiring is just as messy as your average data center except on a smaller scale. These wires can eat up time you could better use elsewhere.

Apple's latest MacBooks will be the first to use Thunderbolt, but rest assured other PC makers will join the club.

You can go through Intel's statement, our primer and various other takes, but the biggest takeaway is the wiring. There's a lot of Thunderbolt talk to digest. However, Intel won me over with this line:

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.

The rest of the Thunderbolt details are mere gravy. Just ditch that rat's nest behind my desktop and I'm in.

Topics: CXO, Hardware, Intel

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  • RE: Intel's Thunderbolt promise: It's all about fewer wires

    how does this save any more wires than USB does today? daisy chaining or using Hubs... i don't see the difference. i wish they'd just have kept USB's connector and made v4.0 or something. not another damn connector, standard, and cable i have to buy.
    bc3tech
    • Appe-invented mini Display Port physical outlet is used by Intel

      @bc3tech: Thunderbolt is collaboration between Intel and Apple.

      Already now Thunderbolt was tested on compliance to mini Display Port devices -- it works as Apple said. No new ports.
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Intel's Thunderbolt promise: It's all about fewer wires

        @denisrs

        That's great.

        What about the vast majority of machines that aren't made by Apple?
        OffsideInVancouver
    • RE: Intel's Thunderbolt promise: It's all about fewer wires

      @bc3tech <br><br>Apple has it exclusively until 2012, it's like 1997 when Apple led the way with USB people made the same arguments then as you are making now.<br><br>There's nothing new under the sun.
      alsobannedfromzdnet
  • RE: Intel's Thunderbolt promise: It's all about fewer wires

    The question that appears to be NO, but is not clear, does Thunderbolt support multi-initiator. The protocols mentioned seem to imply not, which means it is another stupid Intel "the CPU is king" design. This makes it worthless for a number of uses.
    oldsysprog
    • Thunderbolt tech won't solve world hunger either

      @oldsysprog
      But what this new tech potential allows is quite impressive. I do video editing and just the increased speed of file transfers will be greatly appreciated.
      kenosha77a
  • one year exclusive for apple

    boah.
    http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/02/24/intel.says.apple.leads.thunderbolt.until.2012/
    banned from zdnet