Intel officially calls Falcon Ridge “Thunderbolt 2” instead

A new posting on Intel’s blog from Dan Snyder talks about Thunderbolt 2 – the next generation of Thunderbolt technology that will be coming to market in 2014.

Known up to now by its Intel code-name, Falcon Ridge, Thunderbolt 2 doubles Thunderbolt’s bandwidth to 20 Gigabits per second. Intel says this is enough to do 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously (4K is so-called “Ultra HDTV”). The connection is DisplayPort 1.2, so it’s backwards-compatible with today’s cables and connectors.

Intel already revealed that Falcon Ridge was due to go into production before the end of the year, and this news reiterates that. Things will be ramping up next year, so mark 2014 as the year of Thunderbolt 2.


    Only reason Intel is releasing this information just before WWDC is to say that MacPro and 5K Display isn’t coming until December.

    Let the crying begin from Pros.

    • Kevin Dugan

      I figure they’ve been waiting so long already, it’s probably worth it to wait just a bit longer for the 4K display and Thunderbolt 2.


        The real problem is that 4K requires H265 to be effective. and it won’t licensable for another couple of year judging by H264 history.

        Then there is Hybrid Memory Cube is suppose to go into production in the fall but it also requires a processor to be able to use it.

  • Moeskido

    “Falcon Ridge” sounds like a 1980s evening soap opera.

  • rahmo