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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Intel's Lightpeak Technology is now Dubbed Thunderbolt

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:10 PM

http://newsroom.intel.com/community...pc-just-arrived

"Intel Corporation today announced the availability of ThunderboltTM technology, a new high-speed PC connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple, and is available first on Apple's new line of MacBook Pro laptop computers."

One of the key technologies revealed today in Apple's line of refreshed Macbook Pros is Thunderbolt. I knew it was based on Lightpeak, but when I saw Apple calling it Thunderbolt I was concerned it was going to be an Apple-only term, and we were about to enter into an era where every laptop OEM would have their own term for the technology: "No, no, this isn't Thunderbolt, it's ULTRABOLT!" Turns out that's not the case: Thunderbolt is the new name for Lightpeak, and it will be used by all the OEMs. That's good news. What do you think about the name? It's an unusual name for a technology when compared to the likes of USB 3.0 and SATA; it's more in line with Firewire. Regardless, Thunderbolt is here to stay and offers some compelling features (more on that later).


Monday, April 19, 2010

The Coolest Docking Station I've Ever Seen

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:33 PM

Yes, it's for Apple products, but I really admire the ingenuity of the approach - most docks are ugly, clumsy, and generally poorly designed. This is the first dock I've seen that has a real "Of course! That makes so much sense!" approach. About the only problem I foresee with this dock is that because it relies upon user-placed physical cables, if the placement is off by even 1mm, it may not dock properly - or, worse, you may damage the port on the product. Still, it's an innovative approach. I often bemoan the lack of choice in the Apple world, but products like this are only possible when companies standardize their product lines and don't change form-factors very often. Although at these prices, it wouldn't be onerous to buy a new dock every time you bought a new laptop. I wonder if these guys will ever come out with a dock for a Windows laptop?

I also really admire the videography on this video - the actor was wearing some sort of wearable camera it seems, and it makes for a really interesting video. Well done!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Spotlight Turns to Notebooks Part 2: The New MacBook Pros

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro

"The marriage of electronics and mechanical design makes the new MacBook Pro as advanced on the inside as it is on the outside. The internal architecture has been reengineered from the silicon up. There's a new logic board. A new chipset. And a new graphics architecture - a feat of engineering in itself. Many notebook computers sacrifice graphics performance in order to save battery life. The new MacBook Pro offers the best of both worlds, thanks to not one, but two separate graphics processors."

To keep the pros happy, Apple also gave the MacBook Pro a big update today. While they left the 17" monsters out of the mix for the day, the 15.4" models got new screens, new keyboards (essentially, they got the original MacBook keyboards), a high-end graphics chip from NVIDIA (the GeForce 9600M GT), and a new glass-topped trackpad without a button. Unlike its lower-end sibling, the MacBook Pro keeps its Firewire 800 port, and also picks up the Mini DisplayPort video adapter. Prices start at $1999 for the entry-level model and $2499 for the higher-end model, which offers 4 GB of memory, a 2.53 GHz processor, and a 320 GB HD. The 17" monster remains untouched for now, but it stands to reason that they'll be updated at some point soon.


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