So about this new thunderbolt light peak technology........

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by applefanboy4739, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. applefanboy4739 macrumors member

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    How long do you think it'll be before we see thunderbolt flash drives?
     
  2. laxman101 macrumors regular

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    I'm more interested in getting thunderbolt accessories that aren't 12 TB external drives first... I want my LaCie little big disk! Hopefully by summer of next year for the flash drives...
     
  3. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    Flash drives are commodity items, thunderbolt is very much a premium feature right now. It wouldn't make very much sense to stick a thunderbolt interface on a flash drive, because the interface controller IC is currently extremely large and bulky, and thus expensive. It also draws a fairly significant amount of power right now, meaning it'd need a sizeable metal casing to dissipate heat.

    All this would make for a very pricey flashdrive, sort of the anti-thesis of all other such drives on the market, and sales would most likely be terrible.
     
  4. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    It may take a while but thunderbolt will give way to USB 3. When the whole world is on the USB 3 standard and there are sooooo many accessories....TB will just fade away like firewire.
     
  5. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    By "fade away like firewire" I hope you mean still be included on most Macs due to it being superior to USB (in the case of FW800 vs. USB2). I always buy FW800 devices over USB2 if I have the choice, and will probably do the same thing with TB vs USB3.
     
  6. spidey3 macrumors regular

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    I don't think so. After 3 years USB 3.0 is still not widely adopted, mainly because eSATA [and miniSAS] are better for drives, and for everything else the higher speed / power isn't needed.

    Spidey!!!
     

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