Meanwhile, at the National Association of Broadcaster’s annual event in Las Vegas, Intel announced new Thunderbolt controllers and demonstrated a next-generation product still in development.
The Intel DSL4510/4410 Thunderbolt controllers add DisplayPort 1.2 capability when connecting to native DisplayPort systems, improve power management and reduce cost. Intel also previewed prototype silicon of Falcon Ridge, a next-generation controller that runs at 20 Gbits/second, enabling 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously. Initial production is expected before the end of this year.
Separately, Pericom Semiconductor announced six new products including a switch that handles Thunderbolt. The 10.3-Gbits/s Thunderbolt switch is designed to multiplex and de-multiplex Thunderbolt data paths into individual signals from the graphics processor and route them to a platform connector or end point.
A Pericom spokesman said Thunderbolt is “being deployed more in the professional video storage and video editing systems.”
The interface was initially seen as a possible mainstream PC interconnect and may still play a role in desktops and notebooks. “Given that we are moving to from 1080P to 2K/4K resolutions, having a 10.3G interface will ease the data movement between the PC and storage,” said the Pericom source.
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Intel's reference design for server racks, due next year, will include its silicon photonics interconnects.