Intel Announces Next Version of Thunderbolt With 20Gbps Throughput Coming in 2014

Engadget reports that Intel has announced the next generation of Thunderbolt, promising throughput of 20 Gbps in each direction -- twice as fast as the current protocol, allowing simultaneous 4K video file transfer and display

The new generation of Thunderbolt, code-named 'Falcon Ridge', will be backwards compatible with current-generation cables and connectors. Intel expects production to ramp up in 2014.

An on-stage demo with fresh-off-the-press silicon showed the new Thunderbolt running 1,200 [MB/sec], which is certainly a step up from what's currently on the market.

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A minor update to Thunderbolt, called 'Redwood Ridge', will be included in some of Intel's upcoming 'Haswell' Core processors.

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iAppl3Fan Avatar
145 months ago
So we will get faster speeds with no real devices or reasonable pricing products to use it with. Hooray.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dlewis23 Avatar
145 months ago
Twice the speed and still hardly any products to use it...
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ccmovies Avatar
145 months ago
This just in, Mac Pros delayed until 2014.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wildmac Avatar
145 months ago
So this means Apple can wait until next year to introduce the new MacPro. Of course, USB4 will be announced it 2015, so might want to wait for that. And Intel will have a whole new processor line in 2016, so we best not get ahead of ourselves.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bpd115 Avatar
145 months ago
Or, "Why the Mac Pro won't be updated until 2014".
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madsci954 Avatar
145 months ago
Yay, twice the speed at twice the price! :p
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)