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Thunderbolt 2 sightings at NAB 2014

By Tom Coughlin

Thunderbolt 2.0 has emerged not just as a direct connect interface with many products on display at the 2014 NAB show, but also as a possible networking technology.

Thunderbolt 2 raised the data rate of this active interconnect technology from 10Gbps to 20Gbps of raw data rate. Thunderbolt 2, developed by Intel, was introduced in September 2013. Earlier in this year there was talk of networking capability for Thunderbolt 2, but at the 2014 NAB show Intel clarified their intentions — Thunderbolt as a network architecture.

In addition to supporting 20Gbps connections for peripheral devices such as storage systems and displays, Thunderbolt 2 will support Ethernet traffic up to 10Gbps. This Ethernet functionality is achieved using an emulated environment that acts as a 10GbE port for data Continue reading