Intel Rolls Out "Thunderbolt Ready" Program for Indecisive PC Builders

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aarcane

This would be amazing. ...If they had not decided to require GPIO pins.

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vrmlbasic

I only recently learned that there was a FireWire 3.2 Gb/sec port. I thought that it had died out with the 800 Mbit/sec port (my semi-modern motherboard still only seems to have the 800 variant...).

If Intel keeps on as it has been then Thunderbolt will, I predict, be met with similar "Oh, that's still around? Are you sure?" responses.

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erriwin

A big product that would make a splash off a thunderbolt port in a laptop would be: external video cards.... Thunderbolt has the bandwidth and latency to make it possible....imagine being able to dock your laptop and have access to any video card you want. Of course, perhaps it would be only a niche market, but it would be something worthwhile of Thunderbolt's power.

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legionera

Considering how widely available USB is, oh boy, this thing can go to hell

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bytehead

This is 18 months too late. I don't understand why Apple had to have a two year lead (and then proceeded to do as little as possible with it!). USB has continued to catch up and will continue to improve. This is too late, too expensive, and totally too absurd.

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handyman315

Maybe we can rip out Firewire and install Thunderbolt . . . no WAIT! I have an email from CryptoLocker . . . good, my system just crashed from that last Tuesday Patch.

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AFDozerman

I'd love to see a mobo with thunderbolt ports directly on the board itself to replace PCI. Just imagine all of the cards you could fit in there or the tiny size one could be. Of course, us AMD fanboys would be left out.

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w2ed

I think a lot of people are going to continue to be "meh" about it until someone gives people that "killer Hardware Application" justifying it. Beyond adding fast data, some displays, and multiple graphics cards (Still waiting for the 8-card 16 GPU configuration), there's just not enough to really justify it over USB for most people.

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majorsuave

Meh. USB is more than good enough and I guess that when USB3 will become too slow USB 4 will be ready.

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Baer

I just can not get excited about it. What will it do for me? Perhaps save me a half second two or three times a week? 100 devices is Nada, If USB 3 had not become so popular then I would be far more interested but right now ..... Meh!
Someone name me one thing that I want to do that I can not already do with USB 3?

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HiGHRoLLeR038

Please explain why DisplayPort has any part in this? seems ridiculously unnecessary. and why do you need a usb header? how come it's not just a PCI expansion card> - no fuss card.

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TechGoudy

It needs display port to transport display across TB.

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USraging

This implementation looks kinda messy...

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vrmlbasic

Reminds me of the old days where my PCI video capture card had to have an external audio patch cable to the "audio in" on the sound blaster.

This is the best Intel can do? What is a GPIO header and which motherboards should I expect to have one (and what can it do besides power this Thunderbolt monstrosity)?

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John Pombrio

Agreed. First thing I thought of was a kludge in the making.

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PCLinuxguy

Intel, if you want us to "get geeked up" too, then how about lowering the cost and give an incentive for board makers to include it on the units they will sell. Having to use an add-on card for something this rudimentary is hardly great, especially considering eSata and USB3 are the two to beat and have already been well established on boards these days.