Are you a Mac user? If so, you know a thing or two about Thunderbolt by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and all that it has to offer. While this was originally brought to market with the help of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Thunderbolt has become a standard feature of all Mac computers.
In today’s day and age, things have changed quite a bit in terms of what Mac users are trying to accomplish. For example, everybody appears interested in sharing video. And not just sharing video but doing so at a higher resolution.
According to a recent blog post by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Thunderbolt 2 is on the way. Not only is this big news for Intel, but it is safe to say that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), as well as its millions of Mac users, are going to be excited as well.
With all this in mind, you may be wondering what the newest addition is going to bring to the table. Well, let’s take a closer look at the blog post that goes on to explain Thunderbolt 2 in great detail:
“At the video geekfest National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April, Intel announced plans for an important advancement in Thunderbolt technology – the upcoming controller codenamed “Falcon Ridge” running at 20Gbs, a doubling of the bandwidth over the original Thunderbolt. Named “Thunderbolt 2”, this next generation of the technology enables 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously – that’s a lot of eye-popping video and data capability. It is achieved by combining the two previously independent 10Gbs channels into one 20Gbs bi-directional channel that supports data and/or display.
Current versions of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Thunderbolt, although faster than other PC I/O technologies on the market today, are limited to an individual 10Gbs channel each for both data and display, less than the required bandwidth for 4K video transfer. Also, the addition of DisplayPort 1.2 support in Thunderbolt 2 enables video streaming to a single 4K video monitor or dual QHD monitors. All of this is made possible with full backward compatibility to the same cables and connectors used with today’s Thunderbolt. The result is great news for an industry on the cusp of widespread adoption of 4K video technologies.”
There are a lot of details there, so you may need to go back through again and so you don’t miss anything. For example, the addition of DisplayPort 1.2 support in Thunderbolt 2 is something people have been dreaming of, as this will allow for “video streaming to a single 4K video monitor or dual QHD monitors.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Mac users should be excited about Thunderbolt 2. This technology is the next big thing from Intel, and is sure to make life easier for those who rely on Mac machines.
The rest of the year is going to be a big one for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), and Thunderbolt.