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  • Intel Announces "Thunderbolt 2" with Double the Speeds and a Late 2013 Launch


    Intel recently finally put a name to its next-generation Thunderbolt protocol, dubbing it “Thunderbolt 2.” The new protocol standard doubles the throughput of its predecessor while remaining backward compatible. Previously referred to by its codename “Falcon Ridge,” Thunderbolt 2 will boast a bandwidth of 20Gbps, which Intel said is good enough for the simultaneous transfer and display of 4K “Ultra HD” video.

    In order to double the speed, Intel is using a new controller chip that combines the first generation Thunderbolt’s 10Gbps uni-directional channels into a single 20Gbps bi-directional channel. In addition to that, Thunderbolt 2 will carry support for DisplayPort 1.2, enabling video streaming to one 4K monitor or dual QHD displays.

    Since the next-generation protocol is in essence a modified controller chip. Thunderbolt 2 requires no new cables or accessory hardware, meaning that it will be completely backward compatible with existing Thunderbolt products.

    Although Thunderbolt has yet to see wide adoption outside of Apple’s Mac lineup, Intel claims 30 PCs and motherboards now use the I/O tech. This is in addition to the 80 peripherals and accessories that made their way to market since Thunderbolt first debuted with Apple’s 2011 Mac lineup. Despite being marked as cutting-edge technology targeting professionals in the video field, Apple still doesn’t offer Thunderbolt in its Mac Pro tower. Recent reports mention that Intel plans to extend the standard’s reach beyond the few products that currently use the tech and has up to now focused on quality over quantity.

    The chip maker hasn’t nailed down a specific date on Thunderbolt 2’s release but said it should be in production by the end of 2013 with a ramp into 2014.

    Is Thunderbolt something you are considering exploring now or in the future?

    Source: Intel (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Intel Announces "Thunderbolt 2" with Double the Speeds and a Late 2013 Launch started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      This kinda thing, though great, really ticks off us audio pros who just bought the coolest hottest fastest new audio interface with Thunderbolt only to now have something faster coming out... Ugh!!

      But great...
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      It doesn't matter because there's nothing out which meets the speed capacity of the first gen thunderbolt.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      It doesn't matter because there's nothing out which meets the speed capacity of the first gen thunderbolt.
      Oh yes there is. I'm using one now. Universal Audio's Apollo with the Thunderbolt card works beautifully. There are two other audio interfaces out already that use the full bandwidth from TB. Of course these are pro audio level things. Maybe you were talking consumer audio.

      There are also high end computer monitors that can ONLY run off the Thunderbolt port. So Thunderbolt 1.0 is getting well established out there now.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      whats the latency of thunderbolt when working with audio?
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      whats the latency of thunderbolt when working with audio?
      Depends on the way you're routing the audio - but you can buffer down less than 0.2ms.. which is virtually no detectable latency of any kind to the ear of a pro musician.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      ok so it's just a little bit better than Ethernet then, good to know
    1. pegitt's Avatar
      pegitt -
      They need to make "Thunderbolt" popular first before releasing "Thunderbolt 2"!
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      my 2 year old MacBook air's thunderbolt hole is still a virgin. Nothing has been inside it. With a market of over price peripherals it will probably stay a virgin.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by anekin007 View Post
      my 2 year old MacBook air's thunderbolt hole is still a virgin. Nothing has been inside it. With a market of over price peripherals it will probably stay a virgin.
      It's designed to meet "pro" needs and not as much "consumer". Though several ThBolt hard drives are pretty affordable.

      I know many SD card slots on people's MacBooks are "virgins" too. That doesn't mean you wouldn't want it there if you needed it.