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Hey gang,

I’m finally back with a new post. This week as brought a wave of news out of CES, including some new Thunderbolt peripherals. Here are some of my thoughts on what’s ahead.

Update 1: AMD intros “Lightning Bolt”, creates confusion about true Thunderbolt

I became aware of this a day after I recorded the Thunderbolt round-up video above. Just as Thunderbolt is starting to get some traction, AMD has announced it is developing a cheaper, slower, less capable competitor that uses THE SAME CONNECTOR (Mini display port). They are conspicuously calling this tech “Lightning Bolt”. This tech is USB 3 based, but due to muxing this would run at “less than” full USB 3 speeds. Note: USB 3 is rated at 5Gbps (total). True Apple/Intel Thunderbolt is 10Gbps (bi-directional…i.e. 20Gbps total). Does this smack of “cheap knock-off” or what?

Ugh. I predict widespread confusion, especially outside of the geek-o-sphere.

Anandtech has the known details.

Update 2 : My follow up to this video

My follow-up to this video regarding Thunderbolt and the Mac Pro’s future