Intel’s next-generation high-speed port which was tentatively known as the Falcon Ridge has been officially dubbed as ‘Thunderbolt 2.’ The high-speed port which was first unveiled at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April will be built into future chipsets and make its way into devices by the end of this year and early 2014.
Thunderbolt is a controller port that is used to transfer data at high-speeds and the next-gen Thunderbolt 2 is said to support double the speed of current-generation ports using the same connectors. While the Thunderbolt supported speeds of 10Gbps, Thunderbolt 2 supports up to 20Gbps bi-directionally that is more than what USB 3.0 offers. This essentially means that using this latest-gen connector, users can transfer videos boasting 4K resolutions, as well as stream them on a screen at the same time.
Additionally, Thunderbolt 2 also features support for DisplayPort 1.2, which allows users to stream videos on a single 4K monitor or dual qHD monitors. Intel also mentions that Thunderbolt 2 is backward compatible, which means users won’t have to invest in new cables or peripherals to take advantage of its high speeds.
Thunderbolt ports have been a mainstay on Apple’s Macs since 2011 and according to Intel are slowly arriving on PCs too. Recently companies like Lenovo and Acer have started offering Thunderbolt with their products. Intel further mentions, that in the current market there are more than 80 Thunderbolt-enabled peripheral devices, including the likes of storage drives, expansion docks, displays, and a myriad of media capture and creation hardware.