Thunderbolt positioned in the high-end devices, Acer products will no longer have that option




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Acer will abandon the Thunderbolt, and this act of thinking perhaps with some Taiwanese manufacturers have a significant relationship.

This notebook brands took the lead in 2012, introduced the first notebook computer has a Thunderbolt Aspire S5, but entered into in 2013, Acer now confirmed that it will abandon the high transmission efficiency transmission port.

In an interview with Cnet interview, Acer spokesman Ruth Rosene stressed that USB 3.0 will be the focus of the company, and this is a good substitute for Thunderbolt.

“We’re really focusing on USB 3.0 – it’s an excellent alternative to Thunderbolt,” Acer spokeswoman Ruth Rosene said. “It’s less expensive, offers comparable bandwidth, charging for devices such as mobile phones, and has a large installed base of accessories and peripherals, “she said, mentioning external hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice, and gamepads.

USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt should be two parallel worlds, are quite similar in nature, mainly data transfer, but in fact should be the product of different attributes.

Through a unique Daisy Chained Thunderbolt simultaneous storage devices connected in series and six one native DisplayPort screen. At the same time, it uses the mini DisplayPort specification, it can be directly output to the screen pen telecommunications number, as USB 3.0, then … Well, consider a USB external monitor it!


Acer spokesman also mentioned a very interesting point – “It’s less expensive, offers comparable bandwidth.” USB 3.0, of course cheaper because Ivy Bridge platform from the beginning, native USB 3.0 Intel has been consolidation, vendors can provide users just buy PCH USB 3.0 port. As the bandwidth can be compared, perhaps spokesman did not try to use it over Thunderbolt devices.

This new generation of chips have up to 20Gbps or 40Gbps theoretical transfer rate can not be universal reason, perhaps Intel’s current strategy.

Expensive price than USB 3.0 even, before the official launch when the product must also be sent to test, which can be used during the middle of the “complex” and “trouble” to describe. Why Apple did not give up in the past few years, while Acer was in the first unit later on choose to give up, which may be thinking about Taiwan-based manufacturers. Thunderbolt chip is expensive, one might be able to cause just launched the topic, but with the lack of peripheral devices, and sales can not raise the premise, Acer seems to have chosen to give up.

Although there are currently Thunderbolt peripheral devices to the beginning than an many more, but the price is still quite close to the people, so that consumers still consider the price cheaper USB 3.0 devices. But we must say, Thunderbolt is an option for consumers, is the bonus effect, and for both things, manufacturers also need to focus on special, it sounds a little strange.


Intel currently dominates the entire Thunderbolt plan if expect this technology products populist someday, it may be that Intel has the authority to allow third parties to begin production


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