Despite the fact that Thunderbolt has barely made its debut, Intel is already hard at work on something that would make its 10 Gb/s technology seem old and obsolete, a new interconnect solution capable of 50 Gb/s transfers.
Intel's new, speedy technology makes use of silicon photonics and will be able to deliver data over a distance of up to 100 meters, via a cable thinner than the Thunderbolt (10 Gb/s) and USB 3.0 (5.0 Gb/s) wires.
The upcoming interconnect is expected to be introduced by 2015 and it could be integrated into anything from PCs and tablets, to set-top boxes, smart TVs and smartphones. According to Intel, the new tech is aimed at being complementary to Thunderbolt but surely at the end, there can be only one.

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