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Intel directs its lightening fast Thunderbolt Technology at consumers

Formally known as Light Peak.

By Steve Dougherty from Feb 24, 2011 @ 9:05 CST

We've heard (and seen at demo events) some exciting development in the way of a new, super fast proprietory optical cable interface designed by Intel that boasts some mega impressive capabilities, even outshining those of USB 3.0 in some respects.

Many of you would have heard bits and pieces about this technology here and there since mid 2010 - dubbed "Light Peak" throughout its development phase.


Well folks, today is the day Intel announces it to the world with its formal name,"Thunderbolt Technology". This new high-speed PC connection technology operates at up to 10Gbps and thanks to the gobs of bandwidth on tap by harnessing PCI Express and DisplayPort communications methods, it supports both data and (HD) display on a single cable, allowing for a more simplistic connectivity mechanism and new possibilities for PC use.


Apple were quick to be first in line with Thunderbolt technology. bringing it to consumers initially on its new line of MacBook Pro laptops. There are of course already a bunch of other well known companies on the list for Thunderbolt implementation on their upcoming products, including the likes of Aja, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital, with that list to inevitably grow like wildfire as time goes on.

For further details on Intel's new Thunderbolt Technology, you can read the full press release in our press section folks.

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