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Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away 69

CWmike writes "Intel's Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect technology could be years away from getting optical technology, an Intel executive said this week at IDF. Originally introduced in February on Macs, Thunderbolt was pitched as being optical technology but currently uses copper wires. Dadi Perlmutter of Intel's Architecture Group said copper wires are working much better than expected, and that fiber was expensive. 'It's going to be way out,' Perlmutter said. 'At the end of the day it's all about how much speed people need versus how much they would be willing to pay.'"
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Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away

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  • by TeknoHog ( 164938 ) on Friday September 16, 2011 @09:18AM (#37419184) Homepage Journal

    What I want to know is, can I get an optical Thunderbolt cable from Monster with gold connectors? I had to throw away all my optical audio cables because those shitty plastic connectors just didn't have a warm enough sound.

    Actually, I think I have an SPDIF adapter with a gold plated end. It's for connecting a Toslink cable to one of those 3.5 mm audio sockets that also include an optical link. It's not completely gold plated though, which probably explains the lack of roundness in zeros, and the missing edge in ones.

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