Acer Ditches Thunderbolt for USB 3.0
July 16, 2013 7:36 AM
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Thunderbolt is too expensive for anything other than "premium" machines
Acer is shying away from the
use of Thunderbolt
and will instead focus on USB for future machines.
According to Acer, Thunderbolt is for more high-end PCs and has become much too expensive. USB, on the other hand, has had a performance boost and offers more bang for their buck.
"We're really focusing on USB 3.0 -- it's an excellent alternative to Thunderbolt," said Ruth Rosene, Acer spokeswoman. "It's less expensive, offers comparable bandwidth, charging for devices such as mobile phones, and has a large installed base of accessories and peripherals."
Oddly, Acer became the first Windows PC company to use Thunderbolt back in 2012.
Thunderbolt is an ultra-fast communication technology developed by Intel that offers fast 10Gbps data-transfer rates. It was first commercially introduced in Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro, and is ideal for tasks like video editing.
Intel doesn't seem to be too worried about losing Acer, as many other manufacturers will be releasing "premium systems," which are more ideal for the use of Thunderbolt tech.
"PC adoption is increasing," said Jason Ziller, director of Intel's Client Connectivity Division. "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."
One of these PCs is the Dell One 27, which is an all-in-one (AIO) with a 27-inch screen for a starting price of $2,099 USD.
Ziller added that the company wants Thunderbolt to be ubiquitous among most PCs in about three to five years.
However, this could be tough due to the price of Thunderbolt. External hard drives with the technology are much more expensive than USB models, not to mention that Thunderbolt cables cost around $50 USD.
Back in June, Intel unveiled
, which is expected to be available by the end of this year. The second generation uses a new controller chip to merge the uni-directional channels into two 20 Gbps bi-directional channels.
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7/16/2013 11:02:08 AM
intels strategy is particularly obtuse.
they've made a really expensive connector that gives you a bit more speed than usb 3 for data transfer but the bandwidth isn't enough to make external gpu boxes viable.
an expensive proprietary connector in the same market as usb3 only really makes sense if you have enough bandwidth to leverage the extra capabilities of thunderbolt.
its not rocket science - if you want to charge more you have a practically more useful product - unless you have an apple on the box in which case common sense goes out of the window
7/16/2013 11:11:20 AM
Thunderbolt 2 has 4 times the bandwidth when transferring data one way than USB 3.0 does. For those that need it, there really isn't much of an alternative.
7/16/2013 3:39:56 PM
i completely agree,
my point is that intel could have significantly increased the size of the pool of people who really 'need it' by giving it 16 lanes worth of pci express bandwidth to allow for external pci express devices i.e. external gpus for laptops
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