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Submission + - Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+? ( 2

Lucas123 writes: The USB SuperSpeed+ spec (A.K.A v3.1) offers up to 10Gbps throughput. Combine that with USB's new C-Type Connector, the specification for which is expected out in July, and users will have a symmetrical cable and plug just like Thunderbolt but that will enable up to 100 watts of power depending on the cable version. So where does that leave Thunderbolt, Intel's other hardware interconnect? According to some industry pundits, Thunderbolt withers or remains a niche technology supported almost exclusively by Apple. Even as Thunderbolt 2 offers twice the throughput (on paper) as USB 3.1, or up to 20Gbps), USB SuperSpeed+ is expected to scale past 40Gbps in coming years. "USB's installed base is in the billions. Thunderbolt's biggest problem is a relatively small installed base, in the tens of millions. Adding a higher data throughput, and a more expensive option, is unlikely to change that," said Brian O'Rourke, a principal analyst covering wired interfaces at IHS.
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

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  • by dhaen ( 892570 )
    Try finding a Windows or Linux computer with a Thunderbolt connector.
  • Even though you can't find a Windows or Linux computer with a Thunderbolt connector, right now, they appear to be surviving just fine.

    One other thing to note is that like Firewire before it, Thunderbolt is for more than CPU-driven serial connections. You could just as easily say "Will Thunderbolt survive HDMI 2.0?"

    I remember having this discussion WRT SCSI and ATA. back in the day Surprisingly, SCSI is still around (although no longer used for standard PC storage connectivity).

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