Inside Intel’s plan to speed up Thunderbolt adoption.
Sumitomo Electric has received certification from Intel for the world's thinnest Thunderbolt cable.
Yesterday, Intel showed off the next generation of Apple's popular Thunderbolt protocol. Capable of transfer speeds of 20 Gbps, the new spec doubles the speeds of old Thunderbolt via channel aggregation, eclipsing rival technologies on the market.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! We are finally starting to see Intel Thunderbolt-enabled motherboards and peripherals trickling into the PC ecosystem, albeit still commanding ridiculous prices. This weekend, we try out WD's high capacity storage solution for creative professionals – My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6TB.
According to sources, Intel's next-generation Thunderbolt host controllers, codenamed "Redwood Ridge," will make their industry debut in Q2, 2013. The controllers could likely feature on platforms for the next-generation "Haswell" Core processors.
Officially announced at Computex last week, the ThunderboltEX PCIe expansion card (and its dual port version) brings single port 10Gbps Thunderbolt connectivity to some of the existing ASUS Intel 7-series, and even incoming AMD AM3+ motherboards. It arrived at our labs today so we took a quick look at how it worked.
There were a plethora of interesting devices on show during the Intel Thunderbolt media event just now, which was held at the Taipei's premier shopping mall Bellavita. We spotted some never seen before and upcoming ASRock/Gigabyte motherboards with new Cactus Ridge 4C controller, MSI's external PCIe graphics that was shown during CES and debuting products from the
Taiwanese Sunix will be showing off its Thunderbolt docking solution for notebooks at Computex next week and it's set to be one of the first Thunderbolt notebooks dock out there. The design is rather unusual to say the least; at least if it's the device we think it is in the picture.
We evaluate two new flagship Z77 motherboards targeting different price points - ASUS's P8Z77-V Premium billed as a feature packed, four-way GPU capable workhorse while MSI opted for a more understated approach with their Z77A-GD80. Both of them feature a debuting Intel 'Cactus Ridge' Thunderbolt controller, which we will cover quite extensively in this piece.
We have to say that Intel's first Thunderbolt equipped motherboard is something of an anti-climax, as the DZ77RE-75K is nigh on identical to the DZ77GA-70K, although we spotted at least one change beyond the Thunderbolt port. On top of that, it's also quite an expensive motherboard, more so than MSI's Z77A-GD80.
Apple is working on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display and USB 3.0, according to a report by 9to5Mac.
We already know what Intel has planned for this year when it comes to its Thunderbolt chips, but VR-Zone has managed to get hold of an updated roadmap covering what to expect for 2013 and we'll even give you glimpse at what Intel has planned for 2014. Intel is set to continue its strategy with
We've just had confirmation that Intel is finally shipping its second generation Thunderbolt controllers, previously codenamed Cactus Ridge. The timing appears to be spot on, as rumours about Apple's upcoming Ivy Bridge MacBook Pros have kicked off and the first of the new models are expected to be announced end of May.
Ah yes, Thunderbolt, that revolutionizing new standard that next to no-one's using due to the high costs. Well, ok, that's not entirely true, but it has yet to take off, although LaCie is doing its best when it comes to getting products out there and its new eSATA Hub Thunderbolt series might win a few
What can only be called a very recent addition in the world of peripheral IC makers, ASMedia has quickly made a name for itself, thanks to in to small part to its USB 3.0 host and device controllers as well as its SATA 6Gbps controllers. Now the company is said to be aiming to product
We're not sure if this is good news or bad news, but Intel has decided to cancel one of its planned Thunderbolt chipsets in the upcoming Cactus Ridge range of chips. The company has canned the 3.4W TDP part, also known as the L3510H in favour of the lower power L3510L.
Thunderbolt devices are finally starting to trickle out into the market, albeit most of them so far have been storage devices and Western Digital's new My Book Thunderbolt Duo is no different in this regard. However, where WD has managed to excel compared to its competitors in terms of pricing.
Back at CES the first pictures of MSI's Z77A-GD80 motherboard made an appearance, a board that was said to feature Thunderbolt connectivity, but back then MSI hadn't actually implemented it. Fast forward three months and the company is now showing off the final board with the actual hardware fitted to the board.
What everyone expected to be Belkin's Thunderbolt dock appeared IDF a couple of months back and it was a rather stylish if somewhat impractical design. Now the company has unveiled the final product design and well, it's a grey slab of what looks like rendered metal in the pictures, but could just as well be
With Intel's Ivy Bridge based Ultrabooks and a fair few other Ivy Bridge notebooks and desktops expected to offer Thunderbolt connectivity – the first time for computers no from Apple – it looks like several companies are getting interested in the still relatively new, high-speed interface. OCZ has shown off its upcoming external SSD with