Thunderbolt from Aplle

A new technological invention has hit the market and will play a big part in the video editing market.
Developed by Intel (under the code name Light Peak), and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple. Thunderbolt technology is a new, high-speed, dual-protocol I/O technology designed for performance, simplicity, and flexibility. This high-speed data transfer technology features the following:
• Dual-channel 10 Gbps per port
• Bi-directional
• Dual-protocol (PCI Express* and DisplayPort*)
• Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
• Daisy-chained devices
• Electrical or optical cables
• Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization
• Uses native protocol software drivers
• Power over cable for bus-powered devices

This is everything that firewire should have been. The Avids using firewire were a shadow of the units that used PCI bus. We all know how flaky firewire can be when daisy chaining etc.
This interface gives you a display port and access to the PCI express bus too.
Apple have deployed this in their new quad core laptops and Lacie and Promise have some hard drive options.
Given the speed of the interface it looks set to really impact on the fibre channel market, however the proof of the pudding is in the eating so I am really excited to see it in action. I now want my next Mac Pro to have it so I really want to know when the next Mac Pro is being released.
I wondered why Macs were not using USB3 and it seems that they have leap frogged it to Thunderbolt, maybe as co-developers they get a cheaper cost of implementation. The new laptops have USB2, Thunderbolt and Firewire 800.
The power of this system is the fact you can daisy chain the PCI bus through each device giving amazing flexibiltiy as long as it is stable.

For full details see here. And the apple site here.

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