The first time we spoke on the Thunderbolt interface was in February 2011 , after its official launch. Thunderbolt is nothing more than the revised Intel Light Peak , which dates back to 2009 , and although it was initially presented as an optical solution, Thunderbolt technology today is based on copper, with a maximum speed of ten gigabits per second. However,Intel has just announced an increase of one hundred percent in the Thunderbolt speed , thanks to the introduction of a new hardware driver should enter into production later this year.
If you had access to a Mac or a high-end motherboard, chances are you’ve come across a Thunderbolt port . Anyone with the ability to use it should do so without hesitation. Its current version offers a rate of ten gigabits per second , more than acceptable for those who need to transfer data in the shortest possible time (video editing is something that comes to mind) . Since its launch we knew that people from Intel was working on a method to increase the speed of Thunderbolt. After all, the design is based on Light Peak, the original optical version, but the announcement came over yesterday, using the 2013 edition of the NAB Show, which runs until next Thursday.
The new speed of 20 gigabits per second , courtesy of a new hardware driver who is known as Falcon Ridge . According to information available, this speed is bidirectional , and automatically opens the possibility of 4K video transfer and play at the same time , which has generated rumors regarding a new Apple with Retina display and 4K resolution. The new driver is not yet available, and it’s likely to go into production later this year, to reach the market in 2014. This places Falcon Ridge at a point similar to calendar Broadwell , reduced to 14 nanometers in Haswell. Though all speed increase is welcome, the main problem facing Thunderbolt is the adoption. Thunderbolt devices I’ve seen up close are still few though technology has two years on the market (Intel speaks of more than 75 devices “certificates”) , while prices are not helping in regard to certain accessories. Still, should be a matter of time before the situation improves. It is assumed that the next leap will speed in 2015, when a not inconsiderable extent Thunderbolt 50 gigabits per second .