News
 

Bookmark and Share

(3) 

Acer, one of the world’s largest suppliers of personal computers, will no longer offer systems with support of Thunderbolt interconnection. The company believes that future versions of USB 3.0 will provide similar performance as Thunderbolt, but will not suffer from limited compatibility as well as very high price.

"We are really focusing on USB 3.0 – it is an excellent alternative to Thunderbolt. It is less expensive, offers comparable bandwidth, charging for devices such as mobile phones, and has a large installed base of accessories and peripherals," said Ruth Rosene, an Acer spokeswoman, in a conversation with Cnet News web-site.

Thunderbolt, which is primarily promoted by Intel Corp. and Apple, can transfer data at the speed of 10Gb/s in both directions and connect displays at the same time. Future versions of Thunderbolt will boost the speed to 20Gb/s. By contrast, current-gen USB 3.0 has maximum throughput of 5Gb/s, whereas its future version will improve performance to 10Gb/s.

Even though 10Gb/s or 20Gb/s makes a lot of sense for various external solid-state drives and a number of other devices, for the vast majority of peripherals such speeds are not required at present. Meanwhile, implementation of Thunderbolt requires installation of special costly chips only available from Intel. As a result, by far not everyone benefits from Thunderbolt, which comes at a price.

Intel itself claims that the adoption of Thunderbolt is indeed growing, which means that eventually Acer may find itself in a position that will not allow it to compete for certain demanding customers.

“Thunderbolt’s PC adoption is increasing. There are more than a dozen new 4th-generation Intel Core processor-based platforms already launched with Thunderbolt, including from Lenovo, Dell, Asus, and others, with more coming throughout 2013. Thunderbolt is targeted toward premium systems. It is not targeted to be on mid-range or value systems in the next couple of years,” said Jason Ziller, director of Intel's client connectivity division.

Tags: Acer, Thunderbolt, Intel, Apple, USB

Discussion

Comments currently: 3
Discussion started: 07/16/13 12:56:09 PM
Latest comment: 07/18/13 10:28:58 PM

[1-3]

1. 
"Intel itself claims that the adoption of Thunderbolt is indeed growing... There are more than a dozen new 4th-generation Intel Core processor-based platforms already launched with Thunderbolt..."

So Intel's claim is that the install base of PC with Thunderbolt is growing. But on the other side, are accessories supporting Thunderbolt growing rapidly also? The port is useless if not enough useful accessories can use it.
1 0 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 07/16/13 12:56:09 PM]
Reply

2. 
Useless ubber overpriced interface. Not interested anyways. USB3.0 offers everything the users need right now.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 07/18/13 08:47:20 AM]
Reply

3. 
Whilst the concept and specs for t/bolt are impressive, intel are still relying on copper when the original design used optical interface

Yet another intel inspired overpriced novelty intel tried to force down the throats of OEM's that is going nowhere
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 07/18/13 10:28:58 PM]
Reply

[1-3]

Add your Comment




Related news

Latest News

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

8:52 pm | Lisa Su Appointed as New CEO of Advanced Micro Devices. Rory Read Steps Down, Lisa Su Becomes New CEO of AMD

Thursday, August 28, 2014

12:22 pm | AMD Has No Plans to Reconsider Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Cards. AMD Will Not Lower Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Solutions

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9:09 pm | Samsung Begins to Produce 2.13GHz 64GB DDR4 Memory Modules. Samsung Uses TSV DRAMs for 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

6:41 pm | AMD Quietly Reveals Third Iteration of GCN Architecture with Tonga GPU. AMD Unleashes Radeon R9 285 Graphics Cards, Tonga GPU, GCN 1.2 Architecture

Monday, August 25, 2014

6:05 pm | Chinese Inspur to Sell Mission-Critical Servers with AMD Software, Power 8 Processors. IBM to Enter Chinese Big Data Market with the Help from Inspur