Fiber Optic Cables is something of Intel’s Thunderbolt Technology which is being promised by Intel to be released later this year which offers longer cable lengths and this pretty much sets the stage for even faster connectivity as one of the standard matures. In the beginning though Thunderbolt was released only with the regular copper wire cables, and there was some disputes over when the fiber optic cables would be available.
But it has not been reported by IDG News in saying that a statement has been issued by Intel saying that the release of the fiber optic cable for Thunderbolt will be “later this year”.
Intel has said copper cables are adequate for data transfers over short distances of up to six meters. Optical cables will be good for data transfers over longer distances of tens of meters.
The upside to optical is that it allows for longer cable runs, and as the technology develops, more bandwidth, [Intel spokesman Dave] Salvator said in email.
The cons of this fiber optic cable is that any devices that are connected will be using the much longer fiber optic cables which will be requiring seperate power cables, as you are running power over the cables at those kinds of distances are not practical currently. But the Fiber Optic cables are most likely going to b alot more expensive than the copper cables, though Intel hasn’t given any hints on what the prices may be of the cables.
And for those people who actually already own a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, Intel has already noted that the existing ports for Thunderbolt are going to be compatible with actually both the copper cables and the fiber optic cables aswell, which ensures the compatibility across the board as soon as the newer cables come in.
And previously last week, it was announced by Intel in saying that they are working on moving the Thunderbolt connection to the PCI Express 3.0 standard which is a new move that would be seeing the company double the amount of bandwidth in being effective for data transfers. Though the company hasn’t given a accurate timeline for a public release of the upgraded speeds of the new Thunderbolt technology.