Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thunderbolt

Apple has just come out with a new MacBook Pro.  While Apple upgraded the processor for the laptops, they also added a new type of port.  The Thunderbolt port will be able to connect to both external displays and everything that a USB port can connect to.  It will be twenty times faster than a normal USB 2.0 port, twelve times faster than FireWire 800, and two times faster than USB 3.0.  While currently there are almost no devices that use the port, the two major external hard drive companies, Seagate Technology and Western Digital, plan to make devices that support the new port.  Another advantage of the new port is that it provides 10 watts of power which is new for a laptop.  The port is able to transfer a full HD movie in 30 seconds and in ten minutes transfer enough mp3 songs to play nonstop for a year. 

2 comments:

  1. "the two major external hard drive companies, Seagate Technology and Western Digital, plan to make devices that support the new port"

    What's the point? My USB 3.0 and eSATA ports ALREADY run faster than the fastest hard drives available. Thunderbolt (which is a really stupid name) is not going to make anything better for years, if ever. Not to mention it's a big fail because it was supposed to be even faster using fiber optics, but Intel failed and used copper instead.

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  2. "My USB 3.0 and eSATA ports ALREADY run faster than the fastest hard drives available."

    First of all hard drives are getting faster. Second of all the Thunderbolt (I am not sure what makes this name so stupid or why that is important) port will be able to use a fiber optic cable to allow for longer length and faster connections. Also USB 3.0 and eSATA ports are not making anything better for most computers not anyways. I do not know what you are trying to say, or what you are arguing against, but you are wrong.

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