Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pro laptops today, complete with "Thunderbolt", the trade name for a production packaging of Light Peak and Mini DisplayPort. After much speculation (including quite a bit by yours truly), we finally have some concrete information about Light Peak, and perhaps a peek (if you forgive the pun) into the next generation of I/O … [Read more...] about Thunderbolt = Light Peak = Mini DisplayPort + PCI Express
Intel has been incredibly tight-lipped about Light Peak. Although I've been hounding my contacts inside the company for months, no one has spilled the beans about anything. All I know about Light Peak I learned on the Internet, as they say. Now comes another bombshell: Apple will introduce Light Peak-equipped MacBook Pros tomorrow (February 24) with "Thunderbolt", a high-speed … [Read more...] about Will Apple Call Light Peak “Thunderbolt”?
We may not yet know much about Intel's new Light Peak interconnect technology, but one thing has remained constant: A goal of 10 Gb/s of throughput. Considering that Intel already produces a variety of relatively-inexpensive 10 Gb Ethernet products, it is not a stretch of the imagination that they could apply this technology to Light Peak (even without the light). Note: This … [Read more...] about Infographic: Real-World Port Throughput Relative To Thunderbolt (Formerly Light Peak)
How fast is a hard disk drive? How about the various flavors of SATA and Fibre Channel? Check out this handy Pack Rat infographic to answer the question, "how fast is it?" … [Read more...] about How Fast Is It? A Storage Infographic
Apple is a funny company, happy to go their own way even as the rest of the industry piles on to the latest trend. Such is the case with storage, with Apple ditching floppy drives, optical drives, and even hard disks. On the expansion side, Apple was an early and aggressive proponent of USB but stubbornly ignored eSATA. Now that PC makers are turning to USB 3.0, many are … [Read more...] about Will OS X 10.7 “Lion” Bring USB 3.0 To The Mac?