Intel Launching Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Cables Later This Year!
Intel’s Thunderbolt technology was to be enhanced to the fiber optic thunderbolt cables, which will surely offer greater cable lengths and amazing faster connectivity once the standard is achieved. Existing thunderbolt cables make use of conventional copper wires and Intel seems well determined to push out fiber optic thunderbolt cables as soon as possible.
According to IDG News; Intel has just announced that the company will be able to launch fiber optic Thunderbolt cables “later this year” through an email posted by Intel spokesman;
Intel has said copper cables are adequate for data transfers over short distances of up to six meters. Optical cables will be good for data transfers over longer distances of tens of meters.
The upside to optical is that it allows for longer cable runs, and as the technology develops, more bandwidth, [Intel spokesman Dave] Salvator said in email.
There are only two disadvantages associated with Intel’s fiber optic Thunderbolt cables. The first is the devices with the longer fiber optic cables will have to use separate power cables, since current power over the cables for long distances is not practical at present. The second one is the price point of these new fiber optic cables as these will be considerably expansive tahn the existing ones though Intel didn’t made any clue to pricing yet.
Folks who already have a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac, Intel explains that the existing Thunderbolt ports will be compatible with both copper and fiber optic cables.
Last week, Intel declared that they are working on bringing their Thunderbolt technology to the PCI express 3.0 standard to double the effective bandwidth for data transfers.
Yet, Intel didn’t disclose the ETA for launching enhanced Thunderbolt speeds to the general public.Apple, Mac