MacRumors points out that Apple has filed for the Thunderbolt trademark. That in of itself is not odd. What is, is the fact that Intel, on their website, also claim the trademark. If you reach back a decade, Apple also trademarked the FireWire name, but later handed it over to 1394 Trade Association which made […]
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Apple Awarded Thunderbolt Trademark, not Intel; Sony To Use USB Connector Instead of DisplayPort

E13754FD-BDB0-4504-A147-9110181B187E.jpgMacRumors points out that Apple has filed for the Thunderbolt trademark. That in of itself is not odd. What is, is the fact that Intel, on their website, also claim the trademark. If you reach back a decade, Apple also trademarked the FireWire name, but later handed it over to 1394 Trade Association which made it a free license to all.

Engadget is reporting that Sony will be implementing Thunderbolt in some of their future computers, but instead of having a DisplayPort connector, as they do on Apple products (the only company currently building the standard in their machines), but rather a USB connector.

Early on when Intel unveiled Thunderbolt off as “LightPeak” it did indeed use a USB connector. However, the USB Implementors Forum pushed against this, claiming that connector was not intended to be used with other technologies. This objection is why Apple and Intel elected to use the DisplayPort connector in the final product.

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