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.