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Corning Optical Thunderbolt Cables Certified by Intel

Corning has received certification for its optical Thunderbolt cables, which offer lengths of 10 meters or longer. According to Corning, the cables are compatible with Thunderbolt 2.

Why does this matter?

  • Smaller and lighter and presumably greater signal integrity.
  • High quality cables are an integral component to the infrastructure needed to take Thunderbolt mainstream for everything from consumer to high-end professional configurations.
  • With lengths of 10 meters and longer, it becomes possible to location noisy and/or bulky equipment well away from a work area and/or in a more physically protected or secure area.
  • It is possible that Thunderbolt could evolve as a networking solution, with speed ten times faster than the current 1Gbps ethernet and most likely cheaper than 10 Gbps ethernet, which has still not caught on.
Corning optical Thunderbolt cable

This first point is especially interesting given the total lack of internal storage on the 2013 Mac Pro (due out late 2013).

CORNING, N.Y., September 11, 2013 -- Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, that its optical cables have been Thunderbolt certified by Intel Corporation. Thunderbolt™ Optical Cables by Corning are the first all-optical fiber cables for the Thunderbolt community.

Compatible with both Intel’s Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 computer and peripheral connectivity protocols, Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning have successfully undergone a rigorous certification process that ensures they provide users with an optimal experience. In the coming weeks, Corning will make available varying lengths starting at 10 meters.

Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning are designed specifically for Thunderbolt technology and allow users to easily manage the demands of today’s high-bandwidth applications. The electrically isolated, noise-reducing cables are up to 50 percent smaller in diameter and 80 percent lighter than comparable copper Thunderbolt cables.

“Based on Intel’s Thunderbolt protocol, Corning is providing a fast, innovative cabling solution designed for data-intensive connectivity,” said Bernhard Deutsch, vice president, Product Line Management, Optical Connectivity Solutions, Corning Telecommunications. “Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning empower users to quickly access and move data between devices at distances copper cables cannot.”

“Thunderbolt transforms the way users connect devices to their PCs, dramatically increasing data transfer rates,” said Jason Ziller, director, Thunderbolt Marketing, Intel Corporation. “Corning has built upon its proven innovation track record to develop a key addition to the Thunderbolt ecosystem. Corning’s new optical fiber cables should help accelerate Thunderbolt adoption by enabling faster media capture, editing, and backup at distances beyond 10 meters.”

Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning will be available in the coming months through distributors, select resellers, and online. Details on how to purchase the cables can be found on the “Where To Buy” section of the Optical Cables by Corning website, www.OpticalCablesByCorning.com.

Additionally, IDF attendees will be able to view live demonstrations related to the speed, flexibility and durability of Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning. These demonstrations can be seen at the Optical Cables by Corning booth #180, the Intel Advanced Technology Zone and in the IDF Thunderbolt community.
Thunderbolt is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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