Intel promises optical Thunderbolt cables will arrive later this year

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  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
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    Originally Posted by iDave View Post


    In 1998, there was a real need for a better connection standard; not so today. I think it would be a mistake for Apple to abandon the long established USB in favor of Thunderbolt. I'm not opposed to Apple providing TB ports for the 2% (and growing?) of the population that might currently use it. And it's handy how it has replaced mini-DisplayPort for monitors. USB 3 would be far more useful for most people and peripherals, IMO. Macs already have USB ports, so why not upgrade them to V3?



    Lots of misconceptions here.



    1) There is no one-or-the-other scenario. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. Just because Apple is including Thunderbolt doesn't mean they will deprecate USB.



    2) Thunderbolt is a lot more eSATA, except better in every way, including offering power to devices. This is how eSATA should have been designed.



    3) Originally Intel wanted to go back to their routes and include Thunderbolt/LightPeak in with the USB connector. THe USB-IF put the kibosh on that. Apple came in with a much better solution that will allow the required but oft unused video out connector to get more utilized. This also allowed for just two cables with their external displays. One for power and one for everything else. Hopefully with the optical version we'll be able to move to just one total.



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    I've been a big proponent of Firewire for years, as was Apple. How did that work out? Not so well.



    That's the wrong statement and conclusion but the right question. You should be asking:
    Ive been a big proponent of USB for years, as was Intel. How did that work out? Really fucking well.
    Remember, USB is an Intel tech. The difference here is that Apple wasn't only the first vendor to go all in on the superior tech but was the first to get access to the tech. Now that we're almost done with Apple's lone usage of the tech in PCs let's see how the next year shapes up with the high-end PC market.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,471member
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    Originally Posted by iDave View Post


    In 1998, there was a real need for a better connection standard; not so today.



    Yeah, we sure don't need something that can move files faster than 20MBps and can replace every other I/O port on the market today…



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by You, 1998.


    I think it would be a mistake for Apple to abandon the long established ADB, PS/2, SCSI, etc. in favor of USB. I'm not opposed to Apple providing USB ports for the 2% (and growing?) of the population that might currently use it.



    Again…



    Quote:

    I've been a big proponent of Firewire for years, as was Apple. How did that work out? Not so well.



    Different story. Different background.



    What happened the last time that Apple and Intel got together and embraced a standard? Oh, that's right, USB.
  • smallwheelssmallwheels Posts: 584member
    For a desktop computer a single Thunderbolt cable isn't really that impressive. Still I use a wired mouse and keyboard. Thunderbolt won't be replacing any wires for me when and if I get it. A wire will still be coming out of my non-Thunderbolt display.



    Until I understood what Thunderbolt was I was excited about it. Now I'm glad for its existence but not thrilled. USB 3 would be better for my immediate and future needs. Those needs consist only of connecting external drives to my computers.



    At some time later this summer I'll be buying an external solid state hard drive to use as a portable computer. Mostly it will stay home but at other times I'll take it with me to visit friends. When I connect it to their computers I'll locate drivers for their peripherals and then I'll be in business.



    Having a USB 3 for that purpose would be fast enough to watch movies stored on my external drive. The thing is I don't expect all of my friends to own computers with Thunderbolt any time soon. Most won't even have USB 3. So Thunderbolt is a great technology that needs to be implemented. I just don't feel it will be beneficial to me for several years to come.
  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
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    Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post


    For a desktop computer a single Thunderbolt cable isn't really that impressive. Still I use a wired mouse and keyboard. Thunderbolt won't be replacing any wires for me when and if I get it. A wire will still be coming out of my non-Thunderbolt display.



    Until I understood what Thunderbolt was I was excited about it. Now I'm glad for its existence but not thrilled. USB 3 would be better for my immediate and future needs. Those needs consist only of connecting external drives to my computers.



    USB 3.0 can't be used for HiDPI displays. Thunderbolt can.
  • idaveidave Posts: 1,283member
    You all are better at making good points than I am. Perhaps Thunderbolt, copper and optical, will become a standard.



    USB is not likely to go away anytime soon, despite what some people want. So it might as well be a much improved USB 3, IMO.



    In a few years, I hope to be using high speed wireless for everything and my only use for a wire will be to plug my computer into an electrical outlet.
  • zunxzunx Posts: 620member
    Thunderbolt is not just 10 Gbps. It is 2 x 10 Gbps.
  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iDave View Post


    You all are better at making good points than I am. Perhaps Thunderbolt, copper and optical, will become a standard.



    USB is not likely to go away anytime soon, despite what some people want. So it might as well be a much improved USB 3, IMO.



    In a few years, I hope to be using high speed wireless for everything and my only use for a wire will be to plug my computer into an electrical outlet.



    Yeah, by itself Thunderbolt will not get rid of USB even on high-end equipment like external HDDs. The problem is that the HDD speed is still slower than what USB can offer. There are benefits to Thunderbolt daisy-chaining but these are not of consequence to the average user.



    The biggest threat to USB is what you mention: wireless. 802.11ac should arrive this year. It will not be another 802.11n debacle. They have this one moving along very smoothly. The low-end for 802.11ac is 433 Mb/s. Maybe we'll see this in the next iPhone as this level is designed for handheld. Personally I think 2012 for a phone is too soon. The high end is so far up to almost 7 Gb/s.



    That said, that wireless standard is overkill for most of the devices we have traditionally connected via USB: mice and keyboards. Bluetooth seems to have a handle on them in the future.
  • insideoutinsideout Posts: 35member
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    Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post




    At some time later this summer I'll be buying an external solid state hard drive to use as a portable computer. Mostly it will stay home but at other times I'll take it with me to visit friends. When I connect it to their computers I'll locate drivers for their peripherals and then I'll be in business.



    Having a USB 3 for that purpose would be fast enough to watch movies stored on my external drive. The thing is I don't expect all of my friends to own computers with Thunderbolt any time soon. Most won't even have USB 3. So Thunderbolt is a great technology that needs to be implemented. I just don't feel it will be beneficial to me for several years to come.



    Thats the biggest load of bullshit I've heard in years, how old are you 14? I'm going to take my hard drive and use it like a computer, WTF are you on? You expect people to allow you to take over their computer, yeah that gona happen.



    USB 3 will probably never be supported by Apple as it's only advantage over Thunderbolt is that it can be connected to USB 2 connectors. FireWire never took off like USB but that's because it was never meant to be a replacement for serial or parallel or ps/2, it was designed for people who had a need for RAID drives. Thunderbolt will replace Firewire for those who need the speed, it will also kill USB 3 on low cost machines as USB 3 is an either or tech. That is if you have thunderbolt there is no point in paying extra for USB 3 and on hign end machines where Apple dominates, you will need Thunderbolt.
  • jlanddjlandd Posts: 804member
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Apple didn't push Thunderbolt the way they pushed USB. Had they, we'd've seen hundreds of Thunderbolt accessories by now.



    Apple made the mistake of relying on Intel to do it, and if Intel doesn't FORCE every other computer manufacturer to include at least one Thunderbolt port on all of their motherboards, it's doomed and it will be entirely Intel's fault.



    And not foreseeing it arriving on those manufacturers computers meant the peripheral makers all took a "wait and see, no rush" approach. So it kills those of us WITH it because we've had so little to use it with. Without a market for it it doesn't matter how great it is. You can't convince anyone they need something if they can't see it in use that shows it off amazingly. A Thunderbolt monitor or hard drive isn't going to do it.



    Looking forward for this holding pattern to be over.
  • ljocampoljocampo Posts: 657member
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    Originally Posted by iDave View Post


    I've been a big proponent of Firewire for years, as was Apple. How did that work out? Not so well.



    If you really were a big proponent of Firewire, you would know it worked out pretty well. It seems to me that you hang out with either gamers, a PC crowd, or actually too young to afford higher end equipment such as a good video camera which uses Firewire. I apologize for talking down to you.



    My point is that Firewire was the best thing that happened to all-in-one Macs. I just can't deal with the slow speed of USB 2 and Firewire 800 is actually in real-world usage faster or equal to USB 3.



    The problem I see most today is that USB 2 is getting in the way. Many compact mobile bus powered drives have only a USB 2 port. I do have one (a wee bit larger case) with FW 800, but it cost more when it doesn't have too. If the PC crowd would just be as forward thinking as Apple, we wouldn't need USB 2. And yes, I realize iOS devices use USB 2, but they could have been USB 3, if it wasn't for the PC world.



    I realize the Apple Thunderbolt train leads the legacy people to the future, but when you get to the station, we Apple folks will be there to greet you and tell you how we perfected the technology.
  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon Posts: 483member
    I don't understand. I was under the impression that Thunderbolt was simply an implementation of Light Peak over copper. Why would you have optical cables for an interface designed for copper?
  • hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 11,865member, moderator
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    Originally Posted by InsideOut View Post


    Thats the biggest load of bullshit I've heard in years, how old are you 14? I'm going to take my hard drive and use it like a computer, WTF are you on? You expect people to allow you to take over their computer, yeah that gona happen.



    USB 3 will probably never be supported by Apple as it's only advantage over Thunderbolt is that it can be connected to USB 2 connectors. FireWire never took off like USB but that's because it was never meant to be a replacement for serial or parallel or ps/2, it was designed for people who had a need for RAID drives. Thunderbolt will replace Firewire for those who need the speed, it will also kill USB 3 on low cost machines as USB 3 is an either or tech. That is if you have thunderbolt there is no point in paying extra for USB 3 and on hign end machines where Apple dominates, you will need Thunderbolt.



    USB 3.0 will be in every Ivy Bridge chipset. It's unlikely that any vendor would purposely throttle the port down to USB 2.0 speeds for any reason.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post


    I don't understand. I was under the impression that Thunderbolt was simply an implementation of Light Peak over copper. Why would you have optical cables for an interface designed for copper?



    Cables aren't going to be cheap unless the TB chipsets already have the necessary components to send out light versus electronic signals.
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