07/04/2012- It's evident that the latest interface, Thunderbolt (Light Peak) is making its way into the market; however it's still in its beginning stage. In details, besides computer enthusiasts who breaths, eats and sleeps IT, average Joes most likely will have little to no idea on what advantages and disadvantages of the new Thunderbolt interface.
Thunderbolt cable utilizes copper wire which allows power supply to charge devices. The innovative interface is the do-it-all port. It combines PCI Express and DisplayPort, allowing the interface to transmit USB, video, audio, daisy chain and much more. “The interface is highly backwards compatible, adapters are available for easy convenience with no loss of functionality.”
A key advantage that Thunderbolt interface brings to the computer industry is its super-fast transfer speeds of 10 Gbit/s per channel. In fact, if you're a hardcore multimedia user or one that handles large files frequently, Thunderbolt technology could change daily data management in major ways.
Although Thunderbolt has been released and offered to the computer industry, it hasn't really blasted off into mainstream component as expected; mainly price is the main culprit. Thunderbolt interface is categorized as a premium at this point-in-time and like many computer components, if it makes its way into the norm, the price will likely drop and the interface will be seen on many more Thunderbolt-enabled products, such as storage devices or laptops.
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Competition is a struggle for the new interface because of the well established counterparts, USB, HDMI, VGA interface. In addition, USB 3.0 has already made its way into many devices. With this, Thunderbolt interface will require time, until prices drop so that companies and users can fully engage and jump on the bandwagon.
Currently, Thunderbolt interface is primarily used for external hard drives, monitors, external video cards and much more. However, the focus is whether Thunderbolt will make its way into the NAS industry as a mainstream standard. In simple terms, currently there are no plans for Linux devices to utilize this interface. On the market, Apple and Windows are the only available devices. Only time will tell if Thunderbolt hits mainstream status, then there will be a high possibility that Thunderbolt will find its way into Thecus® (Linux embedded) NAS devices.
The innovative interface boosts major benefits for users who regularly manage HD or large files. The transfer speeds are quick compared to USB. Thunderbolt technology is the I/O is a new convenient interface that does it all. However, since the duration that Thunderbolt has been present, which isn't a very long, prices are high, keeping this interface from reaching mainstream. Unit prices drop for this interface; it might be hard for it to land on the average users' wish list.
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