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NAB 2013: Intel Intros 4K Compatible 20Gbps Thunderbolt

8 April 2013 713 views No Comment

Though USB 3 isn't as robust as Thunderbolt, it has the mass market edge. However, Intel has raised the bar and will ship 20Gbps Thunderbolt tech in 2014.

Although USB 3 isn’t nearly as robust as Thunderbolt — daisy chaining, powered bus, high asynchronous performance — universal serial bus has the mass market edge. That said, Intel has raised the bar and expects to ship 20Gbps Thunderbolt tech in 2014.

Intel has just announced at the North America Broadcaster (NAB) show in Las Vegas that dual-channel 20Gbps Thunderbolt, capable of handing 4K video, will ship in 2014. Of course, it will be backward compatible with the current 10Gbps version integrated in nearly every currently shipping Mac.

“An on-stage demo with fresh-off-the-press silicon showed the new Thunderbolt running 1,200 Mbps, which is certainly a step up from what’s currently on the market,” writes Engadget.

Chipzilla said that it’s 20Gbps Thunderbolt will come via pair of new host controllers, Redwood Ridge and Falcon Ridge, and will feature thinner cabling. Interesting, at least one version of the Falcon Ridge controller will be integrated into Intel’s fourth generation Core processor line.

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