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Originally Posted by nilesfoundgloryThe reason why USB 3.0 hasn't caught on can be summarized by the latter half of the first sentence on Page 2: It's not a native part of a chipset yet. If anybody pays attention to the computing industry outside of the enthusiast circle, no Tier 1 manufacturer in their right mind adopts a new I/O until it's native on-chip somewhere. Seeing as how there's no less than *seven* USB 3.0 controllers available, and considering there's no consistency between any of them (reference: http://vr-zone.com/articles/usb-3.0-speed-tests--7-way-host-controllers-roundup/13358.html), no wonder the big-box ODMs are waiting for Intel to bake it into a chipset. They're waiting for a known quantity.
BLC and Gareth: ThunderBolt, for the time being, requires a controller on both ends to work properly at this point, so, to this point, it doesn't operate much differently than FireWire, with the exception of what bus it attaches to (FW = PCI, ThunderBolt = PCI-E x4). FireWire never caught on as something that should be included on every chipset (I blame Apple), but ThunderBolt belongs to Intel, so I expect that to be on-chip (not sure if it will originate from the CPU or the chipset - I'm willing to bet the latter, though) sometime in the next few years.
FireWire was a stable connection for uncompressed video and audio (huge files) that USB 2.0 (which does better with smaller files due to it's inability to compensate for error overrun) couldn't handle with any level of consistency. If you've ever experienced trying to import HQ DV from a pro video camera over USB 2.0, you'd understand.
Originally Posted by AmEvI'd love to get USB3.
Unfortunately, my only x1 slot is covered by the graphics card. (SERIOUSLY, GIGABYTE?!?)
Originally Posted by ZeDestructorLight Peak (yes, I will call it by its proper name, not the apple rebrand)
Originally Posted by Dave ListerMy only gripe is that the external drive's USB cable has a weird non standard looking connector at the end going into the drive. If all the manufacturers are using that connector then that's fine, but if not that will put me off USB 3. I'm not a fan of proprietary connectors at all - there is no need for it.
Originally Posted by GuinevereIt was just codenamed Light Peak. The Thunderbolt name is trademarked and belongs fully to intel. (Okay was registered by apple and then transferred). It'll never be referred to as Light Peak as it's never been released under this name. Many products and technologies get rebranded like this.
Also, IMO, Light Peak is a terrible name for a technology that supports both electrical and optical connections. It's launched with electrical and optical cables will arrive later this year (and offer no benefit to the likes of you and I)
Originally Posted by GuinevereIt's a shame Apple haven't adopted USB 3 or... it's a shame the PC world hasn't jumped on Thunderbolt.
Even though Thunderbolt is the better tech (IMO) I don't mind which gets adopted as the new standard as long as one of them does!
Thunderbolt has the edge because it's based on PCIe and therefore allows use the use of external PCIe devices in an enclosure. It also carries video, eight channel audio and will allow connections over extreme distances (Using 'smart' cables of extreme price!)
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