Thunderbolt Technology From Intel (Light Peak) and Apple Featuring 10Gbps Speeds, Coming in MacBook Pro 2011 Lineup

Written By Sam on 26 February 2011

All the Apple fan boys must have already noticed that Apple is all set to implement Intel’s most intensified I/O technology called Thunderbolt in its MacBook Pro. Thunderbolt (Light Peak) is a technology developed by Intel that mainly revolves around creating a incredibly fast input/output technology that makes data transfer much easier and quicker. After many discussions, Intel is collaborating with Apple and will soon make its first appearance into market through the MacBook Pro 2011 lineup. Coming from standard setting multi-national companies – Apple and Intel, who have been inventors of many adoptable technologies, Thunderbolt, is certain to make its mark worldwide.

Thunderbolt I/O technology allows MacBook Pro users to rejoice six new peripherals, such as the Promise Pegasus RAID or LaCie Little Big Disk, or five peripherals and an Apple LED Cinema Display. Setting new standards in supporting high-resolution displays, high-performance data services and boasting impressive features, Thunderbolt technology will surely turn MacBook Pro into a more simplified, flexible and technically enhanced device.

Thunderbolt Technology Features

  • Dual-channel 10 Gbps per port
  • Bi-directional
  • Dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)
  • Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
  • Daisy-chained devices
  • Electrical or optical cables
  • Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization
  • Uses native protocol software drivers
  • Power over cable for bus-powered devices

Thunderbolt technology also lets designers introduce thinner and lighter laptops through the miniature miniature connector designed for mobile applications, without sacrificing I/O performance. Embedded with flexible I/O technology, Thunderbolt provides more powerful and most flexible data transfers than any other personal computers. Allowing designers to innovate new PC products and configurations, design standalone performance expansion technologies, this technology extends their capabilities to reach other I/O technologies through adapters as well.

Products of Thunderbolt will require a Intel’s controller chip which provides protocol switching capabilities and a small connector that supports this technology. Intel’s controller chips are already available in the industry and as per the speculations Intel is working with other peripheral manufacturers to deliver the Thunderbolt connectors and cables which clearly indicates that we can anticipate many further notebooks implementing this technology. So, let’s wait and watch!

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