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| p.1 #5 · Thunderbolt to no longer be the exclusive I/O of the Mac clan |
It was never exclusive to begin with; there was just no interest from risk-averse, low-margin PC manufacturers to bring it to market faster. Intel's said from the beginning it would eventually come to their off-the-shelf chipsets. And so now it is. No news here.
It already is usable, and it already is making a significant ripple. Everybody wins when it comes to lower-end systems.
Um...as a guy who has worked for one of the largest manufacturers in the world for nearly two decades, I disagree, pretty much in every respect.
Just because Apple and/or Intel get behind something doesn't mean it is going to be a huge thing. I could cite lots of detailed examples and reasons why, but I'm going to bother - too much e-fighting lately. It boils down to cost, customer demand and industry support. Firewire tried really hard too, but it didn't happen either. Thunderbolt has a chance, but it will take a while. It will almost certainly co-exist with USB 3.0 for a long time.
Edited on Dec 29, 2011 at 02:31 PM · View previous versions