Intel’s grip on Thunderbolt keeps accessories off the market. By Kevin Bostic

Posted: 05/28/2013 in Uncategorized

Posted by Kevin Bostic on May 28, 2013 • 

“While Apple has integrated Intel’s Thunderbolt connection standard in every model of Mac the company has introduced since 2011, the technology has yet to truly take off in the computer industry, and one report says it is languishing due to Intel’s tight controls over the standard.

Apple brought Thunderbolt to the Mac shortly after Intel officially introduced the technology, which the two companies developed in collaboration. Thunderbolt allowed for speeds 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and twice as fast as USB 3.0, as well as the ability to daisy-chain multiple devices without using a hub. 

Apple secured an exclusive license on the technology shortly following its unveiling. Even when that license expired, though, other PC manufacturers didn’t begin to adopt the standard en masse. 

Additionally, the number of peripherals supporting the standard has been well below what some expected given its specifications.”

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