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Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

Intel today updated its Thunderbolt connectivity with Thunderbolt Networking, allowing a PC and a Mac to be paired for the first time using a Thunderbolt cable, enabling fast file sharing with a throughput of up to 10 Gbps.

Drivers in Mavericks have allowed two Macs to connect via Thunderbolt since the operating system was released in 2013, but now a Mac can also be paired with a PC or two PCs can be paired with one another.

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Thunderbolt Networking, emulating an Ethernet connection environment, provides 10GbE throughput between two computers. Already released on the Mac with OS X Mavericks*, a PC driver will soon be available to connect two PCs together or a PC to a Mac, adding a new level of workflow flexibility for media professionals. By offering simple and fast file sharing, Thunderbolt Networking enables backup or upgrade across two computers like never before, using existing cables and connectors.
Connecting two computers via Thunderbolt is similar to connecting them via standard Ethernet, but the file transfer speeds are far faster with the former. Intel is currently demoing Thunderbolt Networking at NAB 2014 and expects to release the PC driver soon.

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21 weeks ago
This will be great for all my PC's with Thunderbolt ports.
Rating: 16 Votes
21 weeks ago
Great news, we can no move off the PCs even faster to the Mac. Yeehaw!

:D:cool::p
Rating: 4 Votes
21 weeks ago
This is great, the more visibility thunderbolt gets in the PC space, the more devices will be made, the more mass produced the cables etc will be, the lower the prices will be.

I'm just waiting for a cheap thunderbolt hard drive caddy to become available. £1k+ on a Promise is far too much.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 weeks ago
Awesome. Will be even better once the price of cables drops.
Rating: 3 Votes
21 weeks ago
Wow. I literally have my iMac plugged in right now to my NUC via Thunderbolt. I guess I am of the small minority who has actually been waiting for this to happen.

So this is what it feels like to belong to the "1%" of something.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 weeks ago
Too bad 10GB ethernet chipsets are still so expensive (hundreds).

A $5 copper Cat7 cable is so much cheaper than a $40 thunderbolt.

Oh well.
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As far as outright replacing ethernet goes - it wouldn't happen for a long time. The topology choices are far too limiting for major networks. Still - it's nice to have extra connection options. Many network admins still carry around serial cables for those "just in case" scenarios when they need them. Options are nice ;)
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago

So will Thunderbolt replace ethernet cables then? ...sounds expensive.


Probably not, but if you compare to 10GbE stuff Thunderbolt is dirt cheap. It's great to get 10Gb/s networking out of the box. Normally it's unavailable on laptops, and the PCIe card required will set you back $500 or so. Per computer (not including cables).
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago

This will be great for all my PC's with Thunderbolt ports.


lol. Also don't forget the PC will require a reboot for device detection
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago

How many Pcs have thunderbolt though?


I've seen some PC laptops include Thunderbolt, but to be honest, Thunderbolt seems to be the new FireWire. For better or worse. :apple:
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago

Thunderbolt was a missed opportunity. It's superior to USB in every way and yet nobody is using it.


I'm sure a lot of Mac users are using it ( I do exclusively ) and from the few Windows PC people I know they wish they had it.
Rating: 1 Votes

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