Intel's Thunderbolt Is About To Get Twice As Fast

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Thunderbolt's makin' like greased lighting. Intel has just introduced the newest revision of the interface and it will be capable of 20Gbps in both directions (as opposed to the previous 10). In other words, fast enough to transfer and play 4K video simultaneously. And it's all backwards compatible with old ports and cables to boot.

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Intel just made the announcement at NAB 2013, but it'll be a little while until the speed hits end-users; production isn't scheduled to kick into high gear until 2014. Of course all that delicious throughput is limited to devices that support it, but it'll be a lovely burst for that small portion that do. [Engadget]

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MAKE2 Mifune

The fastest SSD's in a RAID 0 configuration struggle to hit 10 Gbps as it is. It'll be several years before any mass market devices are even able to take advantage of current Thunderbolt. Last I checked, most of the current thunderbolt storage devices are JBOD enclosures that use standard mechanical HDDs.