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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:04

Intel confirms that Macs will get fibre

Written by Nick Farell
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Fibre will create Thunderbolt and smell of beans
Intel has confirmed that Apple's current lineup of Thunderbolt-equipped Macs will support fibre optic Thunderbolt cables  next year. According to Macworld Intel spokesman Dave Salvator has confirmed that the current generation of MacBook Pros, iMacs, MacBook Airs and Mac Minis will be compatible with the upcoming cables.

When Thunderbolt was originally talked about it was to use optical cables to reach speeds of 100 Gbps. However when Thunderbolt hit the shops it was copper and could only  manage a disappointing 10 Gbps.

Salvator said that circuitry will ensure compatibility of next-generation Thunderbolt cables with existing ports. Current Thunderbolt cables feature internal firmware and transceiver chips on each end. Optical cables could be longer, up to tens of meters instead of the three-meter limit currently forced on users.

So far Jobs' Mob is the only manufacturer to sign up to the Thunderbolt dream. Acer and Asus have promised to ship Thunderbolt-capable PCs next year.

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0 #1 STRESS 2011-09-27 12:34
Maybe they will rename it back to LightPeak as well.
 
 
0 #2 Marburg_U 2011-09-27 13:12
"I saw the light"; every mac user will be able to sing and praise.
 
 
0 #3 FakeJ 2011-09-27 16:13
"disappointing 10gbps" lol. It is more bandwidth than almost anyone knows what to do with.

Sony already has Laptops on the Market using Thunderbolt, but with a USB plug, allowing it to be a multi-function port.

Once the controller chip is cheaper, you will see them everywhere. It is an Intel standard afterall...
 
 
0 #4 dew111 2011-09-27 23:07
Oh good, those $50 cable are soon to become $100 cables. And now that consumers are aware (or not) of the Thunderbolt name, chances are good they won't risk using the original and more sensical name LightPeak.
 
 
0 #5 pogsnet 2011-09-28 02:13
Quoting FakeJ:
"disappointing 10gbps" lol. It is more bandwidth than almost anyone knows what to do with.

Sony already has Laptops on the Market using Thunderbolt, but with a USB plug, allowing it to be a multi-function port.

Once the controller chip is cheaper, you will see them everywhere. It is an Intel standard afterall...
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It will never get cheap, firstly no competition, secondly exclusivity.
 
 
0 #6 qwe 2011-09-28 03:32
>> only manage a disappointing 10 Gbps
Yeah. Dissapointing 10Gbps in each direction on single channel gives dissapointing 40Gbps aggregate BW

>>So far Jobs' Mob is the only manufacturer to sign up to the Thunderbolt dream

FYI There are Sony VAIO Z21
 

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