Thunderbolt / Light Pipe, firewire, USB 2.0, 3.0

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by BobRogers, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

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    So Apple's new laptops will have Thunderbolt. Is this really the wave of the future? Is firewire done? Should we be buying firewire devices now? So little time. So much to know.
     
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

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    Thunderbolt and Lightpipe, isn't that an old Clint Eastwood movie?

    What is the data transfer rate of Lightpipe? I don't think I've seen it expressed as __ Mbps or Gbps.
    Is it as simple as 8 channels x 24 bit x 48k?

    The Thunderbolt looks promising - It doesn't look like there are many devices using it yet.

    It just never ends does it Bob?
     
  3. MFPhouse

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    There are already Adapters from Firewire and USB to/from Thunderbolt. So , don´t worry
     
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

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    You're talking to a man who bought one of the first available 300 baud modems. I'll never forget the smile on my wife's face as she did her computer science homework from home for the first time. Glass of wine by her side. The letters appearing on on the monochrome green on black monitor ...one .... at .... a ... time. Luxury.

    The specs for Thunderbolt say 10Gbps
     
  5. FlyBass

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    Thunderbolt? Did the naming guy lose a bet? Okay, Light Peak wasn't the best, but "Thunderbolt?" Wasn't that the name of a Disney movie about a dog?

    The specs look terrific: 10 Gbps of throughput in both directions, 10 watts of power available on the bus, electrical or optical cables, demonstrated running four uncompressed HD video streams simultaneously, based on PCI Express so it can support FireWire and USB adapters (similar to the Now and Later candy bar), what more could we ask for?

    Intel Thunderbolt: a closer look -- Engadget
     

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