Mar 13, 2012

Optical Thunderbolt Cables Arriving This Year

Intel's Dave Salvator has been talking about Thunderbolt's future, promising that optical versions of thehigh-speed interconnect will arrive this year. The copper version currently available is cheaper and can carry 10 watts of power, but it can only be run a maximum distance of six meters. 

While the fiber version loses the ability to power devices, it's reportedly far faster and capable of running to the "tens of meters." Dave Mr. Salvator wouldn't commit to a release date, or how much more we'll be expected to pay for the cables, but given that we're also expecting to see PCI-Express 3.0 bolted on to the standard soon, we'll start saving today.


YeamieWaffles said...

This is good news in my opinion. There's nothing wrong in advancements, that's for sure anyway.

Hanyo said...

I wonder how much it costs to manufacture and how much the cost of purchase are?

R said...

Sounds awesome!

Anonymous said...

Thunderbolt isn't popular - and IMO won't be popular ever (like Firewire).