Lenovo, Asustek and a number of motherboard makers are set to launch products based on Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge platform, which will come with Thunderbolt ports that utilize optical cables, the sources indicated.
Intel's current Thunderbolt cable technology for Sandy Bridge chips is based on copper, and the shift to optical cables for the forthcoming Ivy Bridge could bring higher bandwidth for data throughput and longer cable lengths, the sources noted.
Thunderbolt to become standard in 2013
Posted on Friday, Mar 16 2012 @ 16:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Sources at PC makers revealed to DigiTimes that Intel's Thunderbolt technology is likely to become a standard connection specification for PCs and related products in 2013. Currently Thunderbolt still uses copper wires but by the end of the year optical cables will be introduced.