While still very rare, external graphics card docks for notebooks are nothing new. But Sony’s implementation of this idea is way more interesting than anything we have seen before. The Japanese electronics behemoth has just announced a new 13-inch ultraportable. Measuring 16.65mm at its thickest point and weighing a mere 2.64 pounds, the Vaio Z has been designed to receive an on-demand shot in the arm from its Light Peak-enabled Power Media Dock. Hit the jump for more.
They say you can never have too much of a good thing. That theory's being put to the test by computer transfer technology. We've already got FireWire, USB, Ethernet, eSATA, et cetera, et cetera. Now, an old contender is entering the field sporting new technology; the PCI Special Interest Group recently announced that they're developing a new standard for an external, cabled version of the formerly internal-only PCI Express. Watch out, Apple and Intel – this tech's set to collide with Thunderbolt in the marketplace.
Not that this will make any difference whatsoever to conspiracy theorists, but by this time next year, you won't hardly be able to find a new PC without a USB 3.0 port. Yes, we've heard all about how Intel is intentionally delaying adding native USB 3.0 support in its chipsets in order to promote its own Light Peak/Thunderbolt interface, but if even if that were true, it doesn't matter because as of right now, OEMs are content with USB.
Conspiracy theorists contend that the reason it's taking Intel so long to natively support the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface is because the Santa Clara chip maker is invested in its Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak) interconnect. If that's the case, the plan isn't working, because at least one major OEM is having trouble finding value in Thunderbolt.
For those of you who celebrate the holiday, have a happy Easter going into the weekend. And whether you celebrate it or not, almost everyone is welcome to reduced pricing on HTC's Thunderbolt 4G smartphone for Verizon, courtesy of Amazon. The e-tailer has marked the Thunderbolt down from its usual selling price of $250 to $130, which is valid for new customers who sign a two-year service agreement. Existing customers hoping to upgrade have to fork over $200.
I’ve seen the light, and it’s dark. Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology, formerly code-named Light Peak, is making its debut as something more like Copper Peak. Instead of the futuristic fiber-optic cables we were promised, we’re getting plain old copper cables that would be passably familiar to Thomas Edison.
Verizon has just gotten its very first 4G LTE handset out the door, and the reception for the HTC Thunderbolt has been good so far. Though one major gripe users are complaining about is that that new LTE radio really gulps down power. PC Mag reports that their own testing only resulted in 2.5 hours of LTE streaming. The solution? A big honking battery apparently.
Starting tomorrow, March 17th, you'll be able to pick up HTC's much anticipated ThunderBolt smartphone through Verizon for $250 with a two-year service agreement. The ThunderBolt is the first smartphone able to take full advantage of Verizon's 4G LTE network, and you can expect download speeds of 5-12Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5Mbps, Verizon says.
If Intel thought that launching Light Peak would help tamp down the nervousness over its new I/O technology, it certainly isn’t playing out that way.
Light Peak, now dubbed Thunderbolt, was never without controversy but now that it’s finally here, the critics aren’t ready to put away the slings. After its launch, the New York Times opined: Is Thunderbolt Really a Thunderbolt? and questioned its consumer value. Slate wondered if it was a worthless grasp at the past? and questioned why Intel should even pursue wired in an age of wireless. The Financial Times accused Intel and Apple of shunning USB 3.0 to the detriment of consumers while others called it Firewire 2.0 (an allusion to the failure of Firewire to win the standards war).
Intel's hoping Thunderbolt, the spec formerly known as Light Peak, will change the world. So is Apple, which introduced Thunderbolt with its recently retooled MacBook Pro computers. That's fine and dandy, but AMD doesn't get what all the hoopla is about. After all, what's the point of Thunderbolt if we can get this whole USB 3.0 thing rolling? That's basically how AMD put it, CrunchGear reports.