Intel Thunderbolt

Apogee Announce Thunderbolt Product Development

The new Intel Thunderbolt interface is one of the most promising new technologies to be announced in years – true bi-directional 10Gbps bandwidth, which equates to roughly 20 times that of USB2 each way, daisy chainable, and combined with DisplayPort compatibility (well, it is Apple co-developed) – and according to Sean Mcarthur, Apogee’s Head of Marketing, “Thunderbolt will take the confusion out of choosing a professional connectivity standard for audio production.”

“Thunderbolt will take the confusion out of choosing a professional connectivity standard for audio production.” Sean McArthur, Apogee

With the brand new MacBook Pro models already supporting Thunderbolt, and many other models (presumably the new iMacs will sport a connection, and maybe even the new Mac Mini, who knows?) and hardware manufacturers – PC included – following soon, Apogee’s large studio scale power is going to be available to even laptop users, with a single connection. Exciting times are afoot…

  • Alex

    This will definitely be the new firewire not the new USB if anything. Pro audio/video is all it’ll be used for, so it will probably only end up on motherboards aimed at pro use. Also it’s only slightly faster than current PCI Express, so when a faster PCIe standard comes out soon it’ll just be able to snapped in via an adapter.

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