The important decision of Intel And Aquantia's rapid development can transform a pair of advanced and important features into something common and familiar to everyone in the near future
It is hard not to appreciate the technology (mostly Israeli)Thunderbolt 3, which successfully delivers impressive bandwidth for a great variety of needs and applications, with a small and modern physical interface that also enjoys full compatibility with the-USB Type-C - a very big improvement over the previous couple of generations, which were based on an exclusive interface and capabilities that were not so much expressed in a practical way.
Thunderbolt 3 is no doubt more successful than its predecessors, and is slowly becoming a mandatory feature in almost every premium product on the PC market, but what about anyone who is not interested or able to spend a thousand dollars or more on their next system? The surprising and important announcement that she gave us Intel Recently it should be the one that will ensure that a much broader market share than ever before could be built from technology.
The company announced that over the next year they will develop the right to use and implement the Thunderbolt 3 standard - which means that more companies will be able to produce controllers that support Thunderbolt 3 and offer them to the various hardware and computer manufacturers, in contrast to the current situation. Intel Itself in the market. Companies such as ASMedia and Realtek will be able to create more competitive and diverse products for the latest Alpine Ridge visit, which will stimulate a price-cutting competition that will bring the Thunderbolt 3 to a wide range of products: many Thunderbolt connections on high-end computers, Relatively, video card connections, connections on drives SSD And so on.
What may be interesting and even more promising, is another statement of Intel That it plans to integrate the Thunderbolt 3 controller and support for its future chipset technology, so there will be no need for any additional hardware beyond the existing motherboard to enjoy 40 Gigabit bandwidth and energy transfer support Information and video transmission simultaneously. We estimate that such a move will not happen this year, as part of the Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake generation, which will be launched concurrently as the eighth generation of the family of processors,Core - but it certainly sounds to us like something that could be one of the key strengths in the future Ice Lake generation planned for the second half of 2018, and could create a real revolution for the connection. At least until the arrival of theThunderbolt 4, perhaps based on the X-PCI-Express 4.0 on the way.
At the same time, wired Ethernet connections at speeds higher than one Gigabit are finally on their way to the mainstream market, it seems. As part of the launch of the new 299G generation from Intel, we have seen that the 10G connections (which also support 2.5G and 5G speeds based on standard 5 series cables) become an important component of almost every product, and this trend will probably be equally true in the generation -X399's new AMD.
It will probably take a while longer, but with reports that the price of a single 10G connection integrated within a product (whether it's a motherboard, a complete composite computer, a switch or a router integrated switch) is about $ 30, based on the new generation controllers of Aquantia - there seems to be a considerable chance of accelerated adoption of the technology, similar toThunderbolt 3, whose controllers have so far offered a price tag of similar size, in this case too, the entry of more competitors into the home market (Realtek, for example) will promote the market for the benefit of all of us. Will be interesting.
Now, just wait and see who will be the company to raise the gauntlet, and try to offer us as popular wireless solutions as possible in the 802.11ad standard, also known as WiGig.