Intel Next-Gen Thunderbolt Will Have 20Gbps Throughput and 4K Support

Posted Apr 9, 2013

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Intel has announced the next generation of their Thunderbolt product, according to Engadget.  Intel’s Thunderbolt will have a data rate of 20Gbps in both directions rather than the 10GBps that the previous generation of Thunderbolt has.

Thunderbolt currently has around 200 licensees.  In the next few months, many more companies will be adapting to the technology.

The next-generation of Thunderbolt enables 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously in addition to transferring at 20Gbps speeds.  It will be backward-compatible with previous generation Thunderbolt cables and connectors.  Production is expected to launch in 2014.

The new Thunderbolt controller is code-named Redwood Ridge and it will be built into Intel’s fourth-generation Core processors.