Everything lately has been Haswell this and Haswell that, but that's not the only thing Intel's been cooking up. The Santa Clara chip maker announced an upgrade to its Thunderbolt technology that doubles the bandwidth of the previous spec and enables simultaneous 4K video transfer and display. Dubbed Thunderbolt 2, the new spec is already found on a more than a dozen new 4th Generation Intel Core processor-based products.
"By combining 20Gb/s bandwidth with DisplayPort 1.2 support, Thunderbolt 2 creates an entirely new way of thinking about 4K workflows, specifically the ability to support raw 4K video transfer and data delivery concurrently," says Jason Ziller, Marketing Director for Thunderbolt at Intel. "And our labs aren’t stopping there, as demand for video and rich data transfer just continues to rise exponentially."
By taking advantage of Thunderbolt 2, Intel says it's possible to create, edit, and view live 4K video streams delivered from a PC to a monitor over a single cable, while at the same time backing up the file to an external drive or series of drives. It's also backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1.