Intel announces new technology for video capture, media transcoding, audio processing, and fast data storage.
Posted by: Site Administrator on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 12:00:00 am
An excerpt from an article in ARS Technica:
Upcoming low-cost Thunderbolt controller could broaden reach of spec
Intel announced at IDF earlier in September that it has two next-generation Thunderbolt controllers, codenamed Cactus Ridge, set to launch with its Ivy Bridge platform next year. However, the company apparently also has a third small, low-end, low-cost controller it expects to launch ahead of Cactus Ridge to spur Thunderbolt adoption among a wider range of peripheral makers.
The current Thunderbolt controllers from Intel include the four-channel Light Ridge, which comes in standard and low-power versions, and the two-channel Eagle Ridge, which comes in standard and small form-factor sizes. Next year, Intel will replace those chips with 12x12mm Cactus Ridge controllers, which will come in four- and two-channel versions. Like Light Ridge, the four-channel Cactus Ridge will be offered in standard and low-power options. Intel hasn't announced a direct replacement for the 8x9mm SFF Eagle Ridge, so that chip may stick around for the time being.
Alacron founder and CEO Joseph Sgro is enthusiastic about the new technology from Intel and intends to ensure his customers and prospects will be able to leverage these advancements in the next generation of Alacron framegrabbers.