Intel Debuts High Speed Multi-Purpose Connection Technology

Intel today unveiled its “Thunderbolt” technology which uses an inexpensive cable to provide up to 40 gigabits of bi-directional data transfer. It can be used for connecting displays, storage, and anything else. It is compatible with USB and PCI Express.

Thunderbolt provides workstation I/O performance, which means users can transfer huge image and video files in seconds, and perform many other tasks that would normally require higher-end systems.

Apple is using Thunderbolt in a new MacBook Pro model. But cosnumers are unlikely to need Thunderbolt, or pay the premium required to use Thunderbolt — it’s aimed at professionals producing HD media.

Details are here: The Fastest Data Connection to Your PC Just Arrived

[Cross-posted at Silicon Valley Watcher]

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