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Intel unveils new Thunderbolt technology

25 Feb 2011

After Apple unveiled its new fleet of Thunderbolt-enabled MacBook Pros earlier today, Intel has officially unveiled its flash, new high-speed PC connection.

The new Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, says Intel.

The vision for the technology (formerly known as Light Peak) is to move media faster and simplify connections between devices.

Intel says it’s working with the industry on a range of Thunderbolt technology-enabled products including computers, displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations and more. 

Thunderbolt combines high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable.

“Working with HD media is one of the most demanding things people do with their PCs,” said Mooly Eden, General Manager, PC Client Group, Intel. “With Thunderbolt technology, Intel has delivered innovative technology to help professionals and consumers work faster and more easily with their growing collection of media content, from music to HD movies. We’ve taken the vision of simple, fast transfer of content between PCs and devices, and made it a reality.” Apple’s Senior VP of Mac Hardware Engineering, added, “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Intel to bring the groundbreaking Thunderbolt technology to Mac users.

“With ultra-fast transfer speeds, support for high-resolution displays and compatibility with existing I/O technologies, Thunderbolt is a breakthrough for the entire industry and we think developers are going to have a blast with it.” Head on over to Intel’s Thunderbolt page for more.