Questions have been raised about the new Thunderbolt port, asking if it is a dud or not, and looking at what AMD has been saying, they believe it could be. This new port now takes pride of place in the new MacBook Pro, but there have been rumors that the iPad 2 would also be another device to support this connection type in 2011.
One would presume that AMD would want to use Thunderbolt technology, but CrunchGear picks up on the fact that this would be a bitter pill to swallow for the company, as they would have to work with rivals Intel. We do not know if AMD were being stubborn when they said that Thunderbolt was unnecessary, as they support USB 3.0.
They believe that USB 3.0 — even though slow to implement — is still the better option, as there are already a number of peripherals supporting it. This is certainly not the case with Thunderbolt, although we do expect this to change over the next few months — well, only if more than Apple offers support for it.
AMD do have a good point, when they say that users would rather stick to what they know, which is USB. You only have to looks at FireWire, this is said to be a good connection type, but how many of us actually use it, I never have? However, AMD should not bury their head in the sand on this one, as when you compare Thunderbolt against USB 3.0, the results are a little alarming to ignore.
Should AMD swallow their pride and support Intel’s new connection type, or will Thunderbolt come and go?