PCWorld is reporting that Hewlett-Packard, while having considered using the Thunderbolt standard developed by Apple and Intel, will be using USB 3.0 for the time being. The sum of their argument is that everyone seems to be getting along with USB 3.0 just fine, and they’ll consider adopting Thunderbolt later, but for now, they don’t […]
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HP Not Terribly Impressed with Thunderbolt at the Moment

E13754FD-BDB0-4504-A147-9110181B187E.jpgPCWorld is reporting that Hewlett-Packard, while having considered using the Thunderbolt standard developed by Apple and Intel, will be using USB 3.0 for the time being. The sum of their argument is that everyone seems to be getting along with USB 3.0 just fine, and they’ll consider adopting Thunderbolt later, but for now, they don’t see the value in the standard.

I suspect this has a lot to do with the newness of Thunderbolt. To my knowledge, only two computers currently ship with Thunderbolt- the new MacBook Pros, and iMacs. Plus, there are very few 3rd-party devices and peripherals using the standard at the moment.

So this becomes a chicken and egg type situation, where you really can’t blame HP for not investing in the standard. They’re waiting on 3rd-party peripherals to crop up around the standard. Likewise the peripheral manufacturers are waiting for more PC makers to adopt the connector.

This whole thing could iron itself out, with the ever increasing popularity of the Mac, and Apple seemingly poised to launch each new revision of their computer lines with Thunderbolt installed, perhaps this will give 3rd-party hardware makers enough of an economic incentive to adopt the standard, and in turn, the entire industry.

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