Intel Is Shipping Next-Gen Thunderbolt Controllers Ahead Of April 23 Ivy Bridge Launch


Last month CPU World reported that Ivy Bridge CPUs would launch between April 22 and April 29. Today Cnet and many other sources reports that Intel will start rollout on April 23. Many of the Ivy Bridge chips included in the first part of the launch will be suitable for desktop computers and MacBook Pros. However low-voltage U-Series models that will likely be used in the new MacBook Airs are expected in June.

Another today’s report from VR-Zone claimed that Intel has started shipping new Thunderbolt controllers known as “Cactus Ridge”, which lines up nicely with the Ivy Bridge processors launch to set the stage for upgrades to Mac lines.

VR-Zone explained that Intel is shipping two versions of Thunderbolt controllers suitable for Ivy Bridge chips known as DSL3510 and DSL3310. VR-Zone noted:

“Another aspect that makes the DSL3510 interesting is that it supports multiple internal DisplayPort inputs. What this means is that it could in theory interface with a discrete graphics card as well as the integrated graphics from an Intel CPU. This is likely to be the chip used by Apple in its desktop systems, whereas the more power efficient DSL3310 will end up in notebook products”.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012. 22:19

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