Intel updates Thunderbolt

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2013 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged: Intel, thunderbolt, falcon ridge, DSL4510, DSL4410

As promised, the new Falcon Ridge Thunderbolt controller will be arriving soon, bringing improvements to Thunderbolt.  There will be two different updates supplied by Intel, the first is a doubling of bandwidth to 20Gbit/s which will significantly outpace eSATA and may help drive adoption of the new standard.  Less attractive for the consumer but interesting to businesses is a new revision of the current 10Gbit/s standard which will require less power to do the same job as the current controller.  The Inquirer also mentions that Intel is still looking to replace the copper with fibre optics, though what that will do to the already high price of Thunderbolt cables is unknown as of yet.

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"CHIPMAKER Intel has announced an update to its Thunderbolt bus boosting bandwidth to 20Gbit/s while introducing 10Gbit/s controllers with lower power consumption."

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Source: The Inquirer

April 9, 2013 | 05:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Great, but will Apple ever allow external PCI graphics on their macbook pros, I do not see many laptop OEMs rushing to include thunderbolt on their laptops, it appears laptop OEMs do not like the Graphics GPUs to be an update option via external PCIe enclosures, as this would hurt their new laptop sales business model! So much for the Laptop fully replacing the desktop PC any time Soon!
If I had 2 Falcon Ridge based thunderbolt ports on a laptop, how would this rate with the current level of PCIe bandwith? What level of graphics card would it take to saturate all the PCIe bandwidth that can be tunneled through the thunderbolt protocol with 2 Falcon Ridge TB ports, and what is the overhead penalty on thunderbolt, as far as theoretical maximum bandwidth?

April 11, 2013 | 12:26 PM - Posted by y o y o (not verified)

Yeah great, but who the f\/ck cares about TB ? Maybe 0.001% ???

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