“Hewlett-Packard considered using Intel’s Thunderbolt interconnect in new desktop PCs announced Monday, but is sticking with USB 3.0 because of wider support, a company official said,” Agam Shah reports for IDG News. “‘We did look at [Thunderbolt]. We’re still looking into it. Haven’t found a value proposition yet,’ said Xavier Lauwaert, worldwide marketing manager for desktops at HP.”
“Thunderbolt is a high-speed interconnect that can transfer data between host computers and external devices such as displays and storage devices at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second,” Shah reports. “HP announced three new series of desktop PCs on Monday, including one that can be configured to include USB 3.0 ports, the Pavilion HPE H8 series. Lauwaert said HP didn’t see value in including Thunderbolt in desktops. ‘On the PC side, everybody seems to be content with the expansion of USB 3.0. Do we need to go into more fancy solutions? Not convinced yet,’ Lauwaert said.”
MacDailyNews Take: HP. Invent (reasons to keep customers behind the curve).
Shah reports, “Intel developed Thunderbolt with Apple, which is offering the interface in a few Macintosh models [so far]… Thunderbolt currently supports the PCI Express and DisplayPort protocols, which helps reduce the number of connectors needed to attach peripherals to computers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: There’s a reason why HP is again cutting their outlook and warning of sluggish PC sales: Their PCs suck compared to Apple’s.
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