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 two different solutions, but the company has decided to add a few new features and we should be able to expect lower cost for Thunderbolt in the future as well.

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 two different solutions, but the company has decided to add a few new features and we should be able to expect lower cost for Thunderbolt in the future as well.

Intel is as we said planning two chips for 2013 to go with its Haswell processors and Lynx Point chipsets, also known as the Shark Bay platform. The two new models are currently known as Redwood Ridge 4C and 2C for the four and two channel models respectively. If we were to guess on final product names we'd expect Intel to go with L4510 and L4310 if the company follows its current naming strategy.

Redwood Ridge brings a few new features to the table of which the most important one is likely to be what Intel calls "Power Optimizer" which should be some kind of improved solution for handling bus powered devices as far as we can tell. The other new addition is support for DisplayPort 1.2, but it's limited to allowing the signal out directly through the Thunderbolt/DisplayPort connector on the host device, rather than allowing for DisplayPort 1.2 support over Thunderbolt. This would still allow for things like daisy chaining of DisplayPort 1.2 compatible monitors, a feature that is currently not available for Thunderbolt devices unless you use two of Apple's Thunderbolt displays.

As for 2014, well, we've got Intel's Broadwell CPU's and Crescent Bay chipsets and the new platform will have new Thunderbolt controllers to go alongside it. We can't reveal the name as yet or a lot of details for matter, but if you've been keeping track of Thunderbolt you'll know that Intel has spoken about increased performance and this will happen in 2014, not any sooner. We'll bring you more information about Intel's 2014 plans as soon as we can, but it looks like this will be the year when Thunderbolt is starting to get some real potential, unless external PCI Express has taken off by then.