Intel previews Thunderbolt controller codenamed Falcon Ridge running at 20Gbs
At the National Association of Broadcasters show 2013 (NAB 2013), Intel is sharing new details about its Thunderbolt technology. Being promoted as ‘the fastest data connection available in your personal computer’, Intel officially announced two new controllers behind the tech and even previewed an early prototype of its next-generation controller.
Intel appears to be aware of the fact that one of the most common complaints about Thunderbolt is the high price attached to the tech. The company claims to have certified over 75 Thunderbolt devices and that, ‘prices are trending down’. According to Intel, lower-priced cables are also currently available. Speaking of cables, thinner solutions are on the way while optical cables are expected to be available in 100m lengths by Q2 2013 (up from 30m).
Also reducing platform costs are Intel’s newest host controllers codenamed Redwood Ridge. The latest controllers bring DisplayPort 1.2 capability, improved power management and a reduction in the platform’s cost and size. Dubbed DSL4510 and DSL4410 the host controllers are equipped with 4 channels/2 ports and 2 channels/1 port respectively. The Redwood Ridge parts are targeted for upcoming systems with Haswell processors.
Intel’s next-generation controller is codenamed Falcon Ridge and will be capable of running at 20Gbs. The upcoming controller will support simultaneous transfer and display of 4K video files. Apparently, it is fully backward compatible and Intel expects production to begin before the end of the year.