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Intel’s Next-Gen Thunderbolt Features 20 Gbps Data Rate, 4K Video Support

The Thunderbolt technology may not have gained traction, but that hasn’t stopped Intel from fine-tuning the technology. The result of this ongoing development has been announced yesterday at  NAB, and the update is huge.


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Intel’s next generation Thunderbolt will support data rate of 20 Gbps in both directions. Intel said that the next generation “Falcon ridge” controller will support “4K video file transfer and display simultaneously.”

Intel’s current Thunderbolt controllers attain 10 Gbps data rate by using two channels. That won’t be the case for “Falcon Ridge” controllers. However, “daisy chaining will still work, leading Intel to talk up a single Thunderbolt connection as sufficient to connect two monitors and an external storage device to a single PC.”

The new Thunderbolt controllers will emerge “before end 2013” and “ramp in 2014”.

Thanks to: The Register

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