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Old 08-19-2016, 07:07 AM   #1
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Intel: Thunderbolt ports Will Take Off This Time


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Intel's long-sought but largely unsuccessful attempt to transform how you plug things into your PC will get a big boost this year with a new generation of PCs, the chipmaker predicts.

Intel has promoted Thunderbolt for years with few signs of mainstream success. At this year's Intel Developer Forum, though, the company offered two reasons that it thinks its high-speed connection technology will take off as a way to connect storage systems, external displays and other peripherals.

First is the arrival this fall of PCs powered by Intel's "Kaby Lake" seventh-generation Core processor. Those machines will include the new USB Type-C port -- but Thunderbolt now piggybacks on that same port design, too, so it's easier for PC makers to support it. Second is that Intel believes Thunderbolt will soothe some of the headaches that come with USB-C.

Why use Thunderbolt?

On a few laptops like Dell's XPS 13 and HP's Spectre, you'll see a lightning-bolt logo next to a connector port. That means you can plug in fast storage systems, multiple high-resolution monitors, fast network adapters, and multipurpose docking stations. You can even plug in high-end desktop PC video cards for the playing latest video games, either on external monitors or with better performance on a laptop's own screen.

It's all possible from Thunderbolt's data-transfer speed. At 40 gigabits per second, it's four times faster than the latest and greatest version of USB and enough to copy an entire 100GB 4K movie in 3.2 seconds. Well, at least in principle. The fastest Thunderbolt 3 drive out there now, the Akitio Thunder3 PCIe SSD, would take 40 seconds to actually read that much data.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:39 AM   #2
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I hope so because they're just better.
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Old 08-19-2016, 11:20 AM   #3
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I prefer the path USB is walking.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:04 PM   #4
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Those machines will include the new USB Type-C port -- but Thunderbolt now piggybacks on that same port design, too, so it's easier for PC makers to support it.
Brilliant.
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Agreed, getting on board with the type c connector is very smart
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