Intel revealed Thunderbolt may get a silicon photonics successor in 2015, with a bandwidth of up to five times higher than Thunderbolt:
The new technology uses silicon photonics, which combines silicon components with optical networking, to carry data at up to 50 gigabits per second over distances of up to 100 meters, said Jeff Demain, strategy director of circuits and system research at Intel Labs, at a company event in New York.
Intel expects the technology to be ready for use in PCs, tablets, smartphones, televisions and other products by 2015, Demain said. As well as being faster than today's interconnect technologies, it's expected to lower costs because the components will be built using existing silicon manufacturing techniques.
The technology could be used in TVs and set-top boxes to carry video streams at much higher definition than those available today. Image resolution is likely to quadruple by the middle of the decade, when successors to 1080p have arrived, and that will mean more data has to be pushed to the TV.
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Re: Intel: Thunderbolt successor planned for 2015 by Anonymous on Friday, April 29 2011 @ 01:45:57 CEST
So it's winding it's way towards 2012 and they don't even have a single PC with version ONE of Thunderbolt yet installed, let alone a userbase and peripherals to attach, yet they blithely move ahead believing that version TWO will be EVEN BETTER YOU JUST WAIT AND SEE! Yeah, um "maybe". Just don't be shocked if we get to 2015 and they've moved this out to 2020 or something like that due to "low market response".
Now smart money would have had them respin Sandy Bridge to fix the problem, bolt on USB 3 and Thunderbolt to say "thank you for understanding" to the public at large and then offered compatibility with Ivy Bridge to actually demonstrate they care about the environment and don't want people to fill up landfills every time they introduce a new CPU.
But that would be smart thinking, and this would be Intel we're talking about.