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On paper, Intel's Thunderbolt looks like an easy winner over the relatively new USB 3 standard. The USB extension offers 10x the bandwidth of USB 2 and supports full duplex operation, but is limited to 'just' 5Gbps. Thunderbolt—even the cut-back, copper-wire version that's standard on new Macbook Pros—offers 10Gbps of bi-directional bandwidth. Intel's new standard is up to 4x faster than USB 3, but a new article at Extremetech argues that speed is far from everything. Thunderbolt, the article argues, is dangerously close to slipping into obscurity. As of this writing, Apple is the only company that's embraced the standard. HP, in contrast, announced last March that it would stick... Read more...
We've often wondered how long it would take companies to finally start adopting USB 3.0 en masse. It's been a couple of years now, and SuperSpeed ports are still few and far between. It's not like the USB standard stands any chance of being neglected, so what's the holdup? Well, these things always take time, and implementation is always easier said than done. But Lenovo, a major player in the notebook and desktop market, now thinks that next year is "the year." What do we mean? 2012 will be the year that USB 3.0 becomes "the norm." Jason Parrish, worldwide product manager for Lenovo ThinkPad, told C|NET the following: "In 2012 USB 3.0 will be a mainstream technology. And we see 2011 as the transition... Read more...
If the only thing preventing you from picking up a MacBook Air is the Core 2 Duo foundation, hang tight, things are about to get better (and significantly faster). According to reports, Apple is getting ready to refresh its MacBook Air line with Intel's Sandy Bridge platform and Thunderbolt interface. New models will be ready to launch in June or July. This is according to news and rumor site DigiTimes, which feels pretty confident in its sources behind the scenes in Taiwan. Apple, of course, is keeping mum on future product releases, as the Cupertino outfit always does. "Main supply chain makers for the new models remain about the same as for the existing MacBook Air, with Quanta Computer solely... Read more...
The big news coming out of Cupertino is all about the release of Apple's refreshed iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop line, now with quad-core processors, faster graphics, a FaceTime HD camera, and Intel's Thunderbolt interface. That's all well and good, but what about the 2011 MacBook Pro models? It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for newer MacBook Pro owners, who have had to contend with things like flickering video when hooking up to a Cinema Display via Thunderbolt, and system freezes when the processor is under a heavy load. Good news folks, a new software update is supposed to fix all that, and more. Slipping under the radar because of the refreshed iMac announcement, Apple on Wednesday released... Read more...
The rumors were right, Apple was getting ready to refresh its iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop line, and that refresh is now official. Announced today, Apple injected a healthy dose of current and next-generation technologies into its updated iMac series, including Intel's 2nd generation quad-core processors, beefed up graphics, Thunderbolt I/O connectivity, and a new FaceTime HD camera. "Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we've made... Read more...
Ever wondered just how major an impact Apple could make? Try this on for size. IHS iSuppli research has found that Apple's involvement with DisplayPort has led to a 154.6% increase in DisplayPort interface shipments in 2011. Remember, this is DisplayPort, not Thunderbolt, which will obviously have skyrocketing numbers right out of the gate as 0% as a prior baseline. DisplayPort has been looking to steal share from HDMI and the other major outputs for some time now, and it looks like that transition is finally taking place. Reportedly, global factory shipments of DisplayPort-enabled PC equipment will amount to 78.9 million units in 2011, up 154.6 percent from 31 million units in 2010. The estimates... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the MainGear eX-L 15 gaming notebook with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485 graphics, HTC's Thunderbolt 4G LTE Smartphone, AMD's Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 mainstream graphics cards, and the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system... Show Notes: 01:06 - Maingear eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook Review 04:32 - AMD Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 Mainstream GPUs 07:13 - HTC Thunderbolt 4G Android Smartphone Review 13:40 - Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System and HS1A Headset 16:35 - Contest Plug & Hints... Read more...
If you've been itching to get your hands on Verizon Wireless' hot new 4G LTE smartphone, there's no time like the present. For a limited time, Amazon is offering the HTC Thunderbolt with a Verizon Wireless contract for a reduced price of $129.99. This special pricing is only available through midnight Pacific Time on Monday, April 25. As you may recall from our review of the Thunderbolt, the phone has some very powerful hardware including a 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera as well as a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a 4.3-inch WVGA screen, 8GB of built-in memory, and a 32GB microSD card. We also mentioned in our review that the Thunderbolt's original price of $249.99 with... Read more...
HTC was the first manufacturer to provide a 4G phone though a US carrier when it shipped the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint. At the end of last year, HTC promised it would once again be the first to 4G with another carrier. And days later, the company announced the Thunderbolt smartphone with Verizon Wireless. It's been a few months since the announcement, and although there were many rumored release dates for the phone, it only recently became available for consumers to purchase. As the first 4G LTE device in the United States, the Thunderbolt is definitely a hot smartphone that many users can't wait to get their hands on. Not only does it boast of 4G speeds, but it also has a large 4.3-inch display,... Read more...
HTC was the first manufacturer to provide a 4G phone though a US carrier when it shipped the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint. At the end of last year, HTC promised it would once again be the first to 4G with another carrier. And days later, the company announced the Thunderbolt smartphone with Verizon Wireless.  It's been a few months since the announcement, and although there were many rumored release dates for the phone, it only recently became available for consumers to purchase. As the first 4G LTE device in the United States, the Thunderbolt is definitely a hot smartphone that many users can't wait to get their hands on. Not only does it boast of 4G speeds, but it also has a large 4.3-inch display,... Read more...
NAB is usually about high-end broadcast gear, but this time, there's a whole ton of peripherals making their debut as well. Hitachi's G-Technology line of HDDs is expanding this year, with a new 3TB 7200RPM drive used across eight G-Technology high-performing external storage solutions for audio/video (A/V) pros. The other major news is the addition of Thunderbolt support, which was developed by Intel and brought to market with help from Apple. These are just a few of the dozens of new HDDs with Thunderbolt ports, and we're sure that number will grow in due time. Having a Thunderbolt external HDD will certainly make those major transfers easier to handle, and with Final Cut Pro X also coming... Read more...
HTC's upcoming Thunderbolt smartphone is hot, and many people are wondering when they'll be able to get their hands on Verizon Wireless and HTC's latest 4G device. Although the companies haven't announced an official launch date, all signs point to March 17. Currently, Verizon Wireless has a page on its website that says the device will "strike soon." Now, a leaked email and an HTC regional sales manager's tweet (the account has since been deleted) claim the smartphone will finally be available on March 17. On Facebook, HTC has confirmed that an official release date will be announced soon saying, "There is a lot of excitement about the first Verizon LTE device, the HTC ThunderBolt. HTC and Verizon... Read more...
Intel's Thunderbolt has the chance to be the break-out technology of 2011, but only if you have support. But support is growing. The kickstart came when Apple decided to add the Thunderbolt to their line of new MacBook Pro machines, despite the fact that no actual hardware is available now to truly support it. But that will change soon. LaCie already announced that they would soon be producing products to support the higher speed I/O port, and now it feels like Canon may follow suit. Maybe. Intel has apparently seen enough interest from Canon that the company is suggesting a "signal" of support. Hiroo Edakubo, Group Executive of Canon’s Video Products Group stated, "We are excited about... Read more...
In this latest episode of Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the upcoming OCZ Vertex 3 solid state drive based on SandForce’s SF-2000 series controller, the AMD Fusion-based Lenovo ThinkPad X120e ultraportable, Apple’s new Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Pros with Intel’s new ThunderBolt interconnect technology, and AMD’s recent disclosures regarding their upcoming 8-Core Bulldozer-based processors. We also pepper in a few reader questions and plug our current system giveaway, which is in its final days... Show Notes: 00:49 – OCZ Vertex 3 SF-2000 based SSD 03:55 – Lenovo ThinkPad x120e AMD Fusion Based Ultraportable 06:50 – Apple’s new... Read more...
And just like that, Apple's Thunderbolt I/O port has some company. LaCie, which has obviously been a big-time proponent of supporting Apple interface options. They've had FireWire ports on their devices for as long as we can remember, and now they're one of the first companies out of the gate to vouch for Apple's newest connector. Well, Intel's connector, but Apple's using it. The next-generation Little Big Disk will feature high-speed Thunderbolt technology, and as Apple brings that connector to more and more Macs, it'll become more and more essential for A/V professionals. Thunderbolt's capable of delivering files at 10Gbps, and it runs two protocols at the same time (PCI Express and DisplayPort)... Read more...
We have discussed Intel’s Light Peak technology on a number of occasions over the last few years. We caught a glimpse of the technology at work at the Intel Developers Forum a couple of years ago and in later briefings with Intel we’ve seen the technology mature into what’s being officially announced today—Thunderbolt Technology. As we mentioned in our IDF coverage a few years ago, Light Peak was being developed in collaboration with Apple, but there are actually a number of other partners on board as well, including Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital. But the original optical connections discussed with Light Peak have since been complimented... Read more...
Making official one of the worst kept secrets in tech, Apple today lifted the nearly see-through curtain from its retooled MacBook Pro line with so many upgrades we don't know where to start. Let's begin with a little thing called Thunderbolt, which is a high-speed I/O technology better known as Light Peak that was developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple. "Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of WorldWide Product Marketing. The entire 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch lineup has also been updated... Read more...
In combination with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless, HTC announced three new 4G smartphones at CES this year. First up is the HTC EVO Shift 4G from Sprint. This 4G phone offers a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as a 3.6-inch touchscreen, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, a 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, and Android 2.2. The HTC ThunderBolt is designed for Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. This phone features the HTC Sense experience on top of Android 2.2. Other key features include a 4.3-inch screen, front and rear facing cameras, DLNA support, and a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The ThunderBolt will also offer Skype connectivity. Last, but not least, HTC revealed the... Read more...
HTC vowed to be the first phone manufacturer to 4G. It achieved that goal when it launched the HTC EVO 4G through Sprint as well as the myTouch 4G and G2 for T-Mobile. Now it appears HTC is at it again. HTC's site doesn't provide many details about its next 4G phone, simply saying "On January 6th, HTC will be the first to 4G. Again." Although no details can be confirmed until the announcement, we're guessing HTC is hinting at a 4G LTE phone for Verizon Wireless. Rumor has it the phone will be known as the HTC Thunderbolt. This phone is said to have a 4.3-inch touchscreen and run on Android. Although few details are available at the moment, comparisons are already being drawn between the HTC Thunderbolt... Read more...
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