Originally Posted by SolipsismX
I could see it becoming fairly common if Intel positions it correctly. If they could drop the cost considerably and add TB to the chipset I can imagine having a mDP connector on any decent notebook. The first will happen over time but I'm not sure if the 2nd part is feasible.
This could happen with Broadwell (2014, just after Haswell). Intel is going to be integrating the Platform Controller Hub into the CPU to make what they call an SoC:
You can see this chip on the following page in step 22 in orange:
You can see how the PCH connects to the TB controller here:
While that doesn't force people to adopt Thunderbolt, soldering the CPU to the motherboard might:
There's a rumour suggesting they want to lock out dedicated graphics eventually. This can of course happen if they stop putting PCI slots on the motherboard. It wouldn't prevent people using dedicated GPUs but it moves them out of the machine. Broadwell will come with a 20Gbps controller on the motherboard so that might be too soon but they plan to scale TB up to 50-100Gbps and that's all you'd need.
Originally Posted by digitalclips
I just had a browse through RED and Sony professional HD video cameras and not found anything with USB3 yet. Can you provide a link to the 'all' you refer to? I like to keep up with trends like this.
It's all tapeless now so the connection isn't as important. Firewire works for real-time capture in that video would stream from the device to the capture device, which USB couldn't do most likely due to protocol limits and latency as well as sustained throughput. With modern cameras, it's mainly file transfer so the comparison is between FW speed and USB. FW is faster but you could just as easily take out a P2 card and plug it into a box:
Thunderbolt might help with those kind of devices although USB 3 will cover the read speed of the card and they have USB 3 readers. Firewire still allows you to do real-time capture e.g a live event, which USB can't do but there's also HDMI, HD-SDI etc. They broadcast an 8K picture recently:
It's only a 500Mbps stream for 8K, which should be transmittable on almost any of the connections live but it depends on the protocol, latency and sustained throughput. Firewire certainly isn't needed going forward as Thunderbolt and USB 3 offer fast file transfers and HDMI, HD-SDI and Thunderbolt offer low latency sustained live transfers. Latency would be an issue if you capture the sound separate from the live video because latency in the video capture will put it out of sync.