Intel to Release Thunderbolt Developer Kits, Expands Peripherals

Intel has recently declared that it will be distributing Thunderbolt development kits to manufacturers this quarter, as reported by IDG News.

Initially known as ‘Light Peak,’ the technology was incorporated into the 2011 MacBook Pro, replacing the earlier mini DisplayPort socket.

This technology, which was unveiled on February 24, integrates DisplayPort and PCI Express into a dual-channel, high-speed interface capable of 10 Gbps speeds over copper cables.

This opens up possibilities for devices that need high-speed data transfer but want to minimize cable clutter.

Several companies, including Canon, Matrox, AJA, LaCie, and Western Digital have already showcased products leveraging Thunderbolt technology, though these products have yet to hit the market.

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