Thunderbolt is one of the basic options for data transfer on Apple computers, an alternative to PC USB 3.0. So far, the interface has offered 20 Gbps, but the need for more efficient technology has prompted Intel to start working on its new generation.
The Thunderbolt 2 media, now known under the working name of Alpine Ridge, will be twice as fast as the current version and deliver data at 40 Gbps. It is also important that the interface becomes much more versatile and users will be able to send data via various ports such as DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.0.
Another important advantage of Alpine Ridge is energy consumption. Despite the double increase in data transfer rates, not only does the interface not require more power, but it will also satisfy less of it. Intel claims that its consumption has been reduced by at least half.