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Intel unveils Thunderbolt data transfer tech, speeds up to 10Gbps dual-channel


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Intel has unveiled their latest hardware addition to computers, dubbed Thunderbolt. Some of you may know it as "Light Peak", which can transfer data between two computers at blazing fast speeds.

Thunderbolt can handle up to 10Gbps dual-channel, per port, and is bi-directional, meaning you don't need to worry which end is which. With such fast speeds, the name definitely lives up to its data rates that are as fast as 10Gbps. Intel claims you can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, and backup an entire year of continuous MP3 playback in just under 10 minutes.

As Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pros today, you may notice that these are the first portable laptop with this technology built-in. The thunderbolt technology is available on all three models of the new MacBook Pro, which sits alongside two USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port.

Thunderbolt is expected to launch of a variety of consumer electronics in the near future, including desktops, laptops, and high-definition televisions. Thunderbolt promises to deliver professional audio and video with very low latency and highly accurate time synchronization. Thunderbolt is the all-in-one cable that can supply a variety of different uses, including sharing video, networking, and video playback.

Intel announced that Thunderbolt will be compatible with DisplayPort devices, so consumers won't need to buy a new device to take advantage of this new technology.

Check out this "Light Peak" (Thunderbolt) demo by Intel below:




Thunderbolt cables, which look just like Mini-DisplayPort cables.

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WOW. :eek:

But why Apple first. :x

Wonder if it has some sort of DRM. :think:

Either way, it's future for sure. ^_^

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Power at 10 WATTS

This looks amazing , Apple uses it in the new macbook

USB 3.0 what , USB 3.0 who ? :lol:

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The leading maker of storage devices, LaCie has announced its new LaCie Little Big Disk, which the company claims as its first portable drive equipped with a breakthrough Intel-developed Thunderbolt technology that supports a pair of 10Gb per second bi-directional, multi-protocol channels from a single port. In order to complement the high-speed transferring rates offered by Thunderbolt interface, LaCie Little Big Disk that encased in LaCie’s classic d2 sturdy aluminum casing is featured with 2 fast, resistant 250GB Intel 510 series SSDs.


“Thunderbolt technology is a breakthrough in I/O technology and represents the future of mobile computing. Soon you will be able to carry workstation-class power and functionality in compact devices,” commented Philippe Spruch, Chairman and General Manager for LaCie. “LaCie is excited to be one of the first to deliver Thunderbolt technology with the LaCie Little Big Disk.”

LaCie Little Big Disk is expected to be available at lacie.com, apple.com and authorized resellers in this summer but no words on its exact launch date and pricing details yet.

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