NAB 2013 news: Intel push Thunderbolt to 20Gbps with Falcon Ridge

After almost two days without a Thunderbolt announcement we were starting to worry that NAB 2013 wasn’t going to give us our annual fix, but we couldn’t have been more wrong.

Intel have revealed a prototype Falcon Ridge controller that doubles Thunderbolt transfer speeds up to 20Gbps – enough to let you display and transfer 4K video files simultaneously. It may only be a prototype, but that doesn’t stop it being so beautiful we could weep. Here’s the (tantalisingly brief) official word from Intel:

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show this week in Las Vegas, Intel made some key announcements regarding Thunderbolt™ technology, the fastest data connection available in your personal computer. Intel introduced the Intel® DSL4510/4410 Thunderbolt controllers which add DisplayPort 1.2 capability when connecting to native DP displays, improve power management, and reduce platform BOM cost. Intel also previewed early prototype silicon of its next-generation Thunderbolt controller codenamed Falcon Ridge, which runs at 20Gbs, enabling 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously. Initial production is expected before the end of this year, with ramp in 2014.  Stop by Intel booth LVCC #SL9610 at NAB or read more about Thunderbolt technology.

We’ve also heard that Falcon Ridge will be backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt devices, so you won’t have to replace any kit to get the speed bump. Brilliant.

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