The folks over at Intel have released new details about Thunderbolt 2. The forthcoming update has a big focus on video workflows. Intel reports that Thunderbolt is standard on most Mac computers and included on over 30 PCs and motherboards worldwide. More than 220 companies are developing Thunderbolt-enabled products, (which is on the rise).
The update is codenamed “Falcon Ridge” running at 20Gbs, a doubling of the bandwidth over the original Thunderbolt. There is a lot of focus on enabling 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously. The addition of DisplayPort 1.2 support in Thunderbolt 2 enables video streaming to a single 4K video monitor.
Thunderbolt 2 is backwards compatible which allows existing devices to work. Thunderbolt 2 is currently slated to begin production before the end of this year, and ramp into 2014.