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Friday, 01 July 2011 11:26

First thunderbolt gear comes out

Written by Nick Farell


$50 for a cable!
Promise Technology has launched the first range of Thunderbolt-compatible devices but it looks like the technology will be hit by the curse of Apple.

Pegasus RAID R4 and R6 storage solutions can now be ordered from the Apple Store but the problem is that to get anything to work you have to buy a cable directly from Apple. Apple wants to sting people for $50. Now obviously if you splash out $999 or $1999 for a RAID unit you are not going to care about an additional $50. But it does show the hurdles that Thunderbolt will have, particularly if its number one cheerleader is Jobs' Mob who charge huge mark ups.

Thunderbolt uses what's called an active cable. Inside the cable there's a pair of Gunnum GN2033 transceivers which enabling dual bidirectional 10Gb/s concurrent links over narrow-gauge copper wires. It seems fairly clear to us that while this is pretty good technology it is going to go the way of FireWire' pretty smartish.

Nick Farell

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+43 #1 yourma2000 2011-07-01 11:41
Apple = Money Robbing Bastards

$50 for a cable, how can they justify that? at most it should cost half of that
 
 
+33 #2 LudwigX 2011-07-01 11:46
Apple could have just integrated the transreceiver into the port, but no... Why not charge customers 50$ per Cable? That's way more money!!!
 
 
+18 #3 Exodite 2011-07-01 12:54
Expensive as the cable may be the real highway robbers are Pegasus.

2000 USD for 12GB of storage?

I could just as well build a top-end desktop with 12GB worth of storage and spend spend the remainder on a gilded sticker for the case saying 'cheap-ass NAS'.
 
 
+10 #4 The_Countess 2011-07-01 13:40
Quoting LudwigX:
Apple could have just integrated the transreceiver into the port, but no... Why not charge customers 50$ per Cable? That's way more money!!!


actually no, thats the way intel designed the standard. besides picking thunderbolt in the first place, this isn't apples design problem.
 
 
+2 #5 fingerbob69 2011-07-01 14:19
Come back in two years and the ONLY way to connect an Apple device to another device, Apple or otherwise, will be via thunderbolt.

It's 'just' proprietary ...what's not to like?
 
 
+9 #6 godrilla 2011-07-01 15:23
All for pci e standard say i.
I

Just to show that apple sees its consumers as suckers!
 
 
+13 #7 gozzak 2011-07-01 15:38
Being a keen USB 3.0 user, I can throughly say, USB 3.0 will kill TB.

The only advantage of TB is for large scale (hundred of GB) transfer. For anything less than 10s of GB, USB 3.0 is more than fast enough.

Then you add power. One USB 3.0 port can power 2 to 3 x 2.5" hard drives. So you can have a USB powered 2 drive RAID box that needs just one cable, with no power pack.
 
 
0 #8 yourma2000 2011-07-01 16:40
Quoting gozzak:
The only advantage of TB is for large scale (hundred of GB) transfer. For anything less than 10s of GB, USB 3.0 is more than fast enough.



Depends if you've got a device that can keep up with the USB 3.0 and TB transfer rates such as an SSD
 
 
-7 #9 Wolfesteinabhi 2011-07-01 17:32
Quoting yourma2000:
Quoting gozzak:
The only advantage of TB is for large scale (hundred of GB) transfer. For anything less than 10s of GB, USB 3.0 is more than fast enough.



Depends if you've got a device that can keep up with the USB 3.0 and TB transfer rates such as an SSD

yeah but i dont see apoint in making a device such as SSD as your portable drive?
 
 
+10 #10 Jurassic1024 2011-07-01 21:17
Quoting yourma2000:
Apple = Money Robbing Bastards

$50 for a cable, how can they justify that? at most it should cost half of that





$50 is nothing compared to what Monster charges for HDMI cables.
 

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