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    New interconnect standard being worked on...

    And it's open, thankfully.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/147917/PC...Promoters.html

    Are there potential drawbacks to this? Security or compatibility concerns?

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    HyperTransport is also open standard for its external cabling connectors.

    PCI Express is only playing catch-up with Intel's Thunderbolt+QPI and AMD's HyperTransport, on both desktop+consumer electronics and server platforms.

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    This could also make those external laptop GPUs more standardized and hopefully inter-operable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drac View Post
    Are there potential drawbacks to this? Security or compatibility concerns?
    Yeah, any time you expose internal signalling, it's risky. That's why there are Tempest-certified systems.

    No compatibility issues, except possibly timing. Longer distance, more latency.

    Quite frankly, Int-El screwed up when they backed off from optical part of ThunderThighs. That's what made it useful; otherwise, it's JAIC (just another inter-connect).

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    The optical part is where the original Thunderbolt shine.

    If any external cabling standards use optical media, the "awesome" factor increases by ten-fold. In fact, coupled with similar cost as copper-media external cabling standard, high bandwidth (100+ GBytes/s), small connector footprint (something like a micro-USB), compatible with PCI-E, and low latency. Then we have a winner.

    But since optical still hasn't exceed the inflection point of cost with respect to volume...
    And not a single one external cabling standards has all these...

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    And you can't supply 20W of power to peripherals over optical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyc View Post
    And you can't supply 20W of power to peripherals over optical.
    You just need a more powerful laser...

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