“We’ve just had confirmation that Intel is finally shipping its second generation Thunderbolt controllers, previously codenamed Cactus Ridge,” LG Nilsson reports for VR-Zone.
“The timing appears to be spot on, as rumours about Apple’s upcoming Ivy Bridge MacBook Pros have kicked off and the first of the new models are expected to be announced end of May,” Nilsson reports. “We’re expecting to see Thunderbolt support on at least the new iMac and possibly the new Mac Pro systems from Apple which might be even closer to launch than a new notebook model.”
One “aspect that makes the DSL3510 interesting is that it supports multiple internal DisplayPort inputs. What this means is that it could in theory interface with a discrete graphics card as well as the integrated graphics from an Intel CPU,” Nilsson reports. “This is likely to be the chip used by Apple in its desktop systems, whereas the more power efficient DSL3310 will end up in notebook products.”
Read more, including a comparison of Thunderbolt™ controllers, in the full article here.
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