Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:04

Intel confirms that Macs will get fibre

Written by Nick Farell
intel_logo_new

Fibre will create Thunderbolt and smell of beans
Intel has confirmed that Apple's current lineup of Thunderbolt-equipped Macs will support fibre optic Thunderbolt cables  next year. According to Macworld Intel spokesman Dave Salvator has confirmed that the current generation of MacBook Pros, iMacs, MacBook Airs and Mac Minis will be compatible with the upcoming cables.

When Thunderbolt was originally talked about it was to use optical cables to reach speeds of 100 Gbps. However when Thunderbolt hit the shops it was copper and could only  manage a disappointing 10 Gbps.

Salvator said that circuitry will ensure compatibility of next-generation Thunderbolt cables with existing ports. Current Thunderbolt cables feature internal firmware and transceiver chips on each end. Optical cables could be longer, up to tens of meters instead of the three-meter limit currently forced on users.

So far Jobs' Mob is the only manufacturer to sign up to the Thunderbolt dream. Acer and Asus have promised to ship Thunderbolt-capable PCs next year.

More here.


Nick Farell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments