Thunderbolt: No need for HDMI or USB!

The recent update in the Macbook Pro line was announced a while back and one of the features apple loved talking about was their new Thunderbolt connection. Thunderbolt is a new connection that uses I/O technology that supports high-performance data transfer and high-resolution displays through a single port. This revolutionary connection has left people gob smacked, even the most up-to-date apple fan boys!

Thunderbolt is a revolutionary technology break through from Intel and the Macbook Pro range is now the first commercial user, that will be availing of this unbelievable technology. In my opinion, this is going to be the universal connection for notebooks in the next coming years.

Intel are saying that their new connection can allow up to a whopping 10 Gbps. Resulting in being able to transfer large HD-movies in a matter of 30 seconds and backing up 1 year of continuous MP3 playback in just over 10 seconds. Whats not to love in this revolutionary product.

Other features from Thunderbolt worth mentioning would include; bi-directional, dual protocol, dual channel 10 Gbps per port, low latency and power over cable for bus-powered devices. There are many other features worth mentioning but we are not going to repeat all the information given out by Intel and Apple.

But we would like to share this fantastic graph from Apple demonstrating Thunderbolts difference in connection speed compared to other transfer connections in the market.

We have said enough and simply just wanted to get the message out on Intel and Apple’s behalf. We are not in anyway associated with either of these companies and are simply just trying to show our appreciation for an amazing product.


TroyApril 15th, 2011 at 8:57 am

1 year of continuous MP3 playback in just over 10 Minutes but that is still ridiculously fast

Why Light Peak Why?June 27th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Without the optical implementation, Thunderbolt doesn’t differentiate itself in speed or capabilities to HDMI or DisplayPort, both which deliver comparable or faster bitrates.

Was following the Light Peak for some time now, it feels like they rushed a copper implementation based upon prototype performance, but let down their original intention of bringing light technology to the computing scene.

Wile EJuly 9th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

This, just like firewire before it, is never going to take off. Apple is far too obsessed with pushing technologies that, while better in specs and on paper, never gain the necessary market penetration to be truly successful.
And before I get flamed for being anti-Mac/Apple, know that I own an iMac, Mac Pro, iPhone and iPod. I just know a downside when I see one. Apple would be far better served by sticking with USB 3.0 and displayport/HDMI.

BlakeJuly 15th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

The speed of data transfer depends entirely on the write speed of your hard drive. So even though this is potentially super fast, if you hard drive has slow write speeds, then you won’t see much of an improvement. However, the faster your hard drive, the more capacity you have to tap into the ridiculously fast (potentially) data transfer speeds of Thunderbolt connections. So really, solid state drives can most effectively tap into this speed benefit. Super cool, though.

mjkujukJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:05 am

Is that mean the last days and replacement of USB and HDMI ?

I think we will not get full benefit from this technology until we use SSD Hard Drives for full speed of read & write while transferring data between devices using ThnderBolt.

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