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New MacBook Air Uses a Cheaper Thunderbolt Cheap

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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An investigation revealed that Apple is using a tinier and cheaper Thunderbolt chip on their new MacBook Air.

An investigation into the new MacBook Air’s internals showed that Apple is using a new, relatively untested Thunderbolt chip. The said Thunderbolt chip is called Eagle Ridge which has two 10Gbps bidirectional lanes (40Gbps), while the Light Ridge chip in the iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac mini has a full four.

The said part tracked down by AnandTech can only drive one display over Thunderbolt, but is also much smaller and cheaper, a key to fitting it into the 11-inch, $999 Air.

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Apple Announcing a New High-Speed Connection, Possibly for the Next MacBook Pro

Written on February 21, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Will Apple bless their updated MacBook Pro with a Light Peak technology?

Reports have unveiled that Apple is planning to announce a new high-speed connection technology which could possibly very well be Intel’s ground-breaking Light Peak technology, or something close. It was announced back then by Intel that the fiber-optics turned copper technology will be making an appearance in the first half of 2011, perhaps this is it. There’s no word as to whether or not the connector will be part of the upcoming MacBook Pro update which is rumored to be a couple of days from now. Expect great things in the next few weeks once Apple has made clear of these reports and rumors.

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Intel’s Initial Light Peak Flinches; Drops Light Technology

Written on December 11, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Intel's much hyped Light Peak technology will be using copper after all instead of light-based fiber optics for the initial version.

In what Intel describes as the ‘holy grail of connector technology’, Light Peak yields to the practicalities of conventional technology by going back to basic copper. It was originally planned that Light Peak will be using fiber-optics technology, which reports say has the ability to transfer data faster than copper wires. However, Intel subdued the […]

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