Intel Thunderbolt Tech Falcon Ridge to Facilitate 20Gbps Data Transfer

April 10, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As the inventions of fire and the wheel have revolutionized the ancient world, it’s the constant advancement in communication that is shaping up the modern world.

The communications field has undergone a complete transformation and Intel has been in the forefront of it for decades now. Their latest contribution is the upcoming Falcon Ridge that will enable data transfers up to 20Gbps and it is totally feasible once the mass production phase starts.

This next generation Thunderbolt technology was presented by Intel at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas on Monday.


As it was already expected, the commercial production will start only in late 2013 and sales in mid-2014. The existing version of Thunderbolt can transfer data at 10 Gbps and is the hands-down winner when compared to its competitor, USB 3.0.

What really make this upcoming Thunderbolt interface unique is that it can transfer and play massive 4K video files simultaneously. That’s a lot of data, considering that 4K videos will be around four times as large as today’s 1080p HD files.

The backward compatibility with existing Thunderbolt cables and devices also makes this interface a very useful thing. 4K support makes the new Thunderbolt interface a welcome upgrade as everyone is moving towards 4K-capable displays and videos.

The current version of Thunderbolt was developed together with Apple and is basically a faster alternative to the old Fire wire standard for professionals.

But with the next Thunderbolt, there won’t be even any competition and this will be the ultimate data transfer technology in the tech world.

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