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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector 178

Details have leaked about the next iteration of Intel's Thunderbolt connector. The good news: bandwidth will double, going up to about 40Gbps from its current 20. Power usage will drop by half, and it'll support PCI-e 3.0. The bad news: it uses a redesigned connector, and will rely on adapters for backward compatibility. From the article: "Doubling the available bandwidth will enable next-generation Thunderbolt controllers to drive two 4K displays simultaneously, where current controllers can only drive one. The new controllers will allegedly be compatible with a variety of other protocols as well, including DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0, and HDMI 2.0. Intel will offer two different versions of the controller—a version that uses four PCI Express lanes to drive two Thunderbolt ports and an "LP" (presumably "Low Power") version that uses two PCI Express lanes to drive one port."
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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

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  • by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @05:47PM (#46818599)
    At least it sounds like they have an actual reason this time. They didn't used to bother explaining it. It was just

    Apple: Here's your new phone, and you'll want to buy a new cord too.
    Customer: Oh no thanks, I have the old one.
    Apple: That one won't work anymore, the new one is $40!
    Customer: Wait, why won't it work? It's exactly the same.
    Apple: It's incompatible with the new phone.
    Customer: It IS compatible! See, I can plug it in!.. and it's telling me it's not compatible?
    Apple: Yes, because it's incompatible.
    Customer: Why is it incompatible!?! It fits and carries electricity still!
    Apple: Because when you plug it in, the phone tells you it's incompatible and stops itself from charging... duh...
    Customer: This seems like you artificially made the phone incompatible with old cords just to nickle and dime me for new accessories!
    Apple: No sir, it costs forty dollars, not fifteen cents.
  • EU? (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:29PM (#46819143)
    I thought the EU outlawed innovations like this. Wasn't everything supposed to have the same connector? RS-232, I think it was.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.