Thunderbolt: Back into the wardrobe with upcoming optical cables

Good information for Mac content creators! Sumitomo Electric Industries lately announced it can provide optical wires about 20 meters (98 feet) inside size. This can imply noisy Thunderbolt storage is placed inside soundproof closets, away within the host Macintosh computers.

The optical Thunderbolt cable is an active optical cable which allows long-distance transmission as much as 20 meters to connect Thunderbolt equipment together. The optical Thunderbolt cable is the same diameter because the traditional metal Thunderbolt cable (four.2 mm), plus handles simply because conveniently. Sumitomo Electric’s specialized optical fiber makes the cable robust plus durable for everyday employ. This optical fiber provides significant bending performance even if pinched as much as 180 levels or tangled inside knots.

There’s no word about precisely whenever inside 2013 the cabling is introduced, though, the initial half of the year looks probably. The hit launch described cabling inside 10-, 20- plus 30-meter lengths. Pricing is unavailable, nevertheless the smart wires can definitely be pricey whenever compared with established protocols.

However, the upcoming optical cable won’t capable to provide the 10W force which the copper cable does, thus storage equipment plus PCIe card cages should provide their own energy.


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