Why You Need Thunderbolt 3: Enabling High Performance Workflow

After a trip to the IBC conference in Amsterdam Ian Dixon from The Digital Lifestyle discusses how he learned Intel's Thunderbolt 3 is enabling high performance workflow. Check out this great read!


Last week I took trip to the IBC conference in Amsterdam a show for the broadcast and movie industry to show off the latest technology for movie and TV productions. What was interesting is that while multi-million dollar movie productions may be out of reach for most consumers the technology used in high end productions is working its way down to consumers for example 4K cameras are now consumer items.29787171995_83c42698be_b There are a great deal of technical challenges when dealing with massive video files taken from 4k and 8K video cameras, the files take require massive amounts of storage and then you have to deal with backing them up, transferring them from devices to device and then actually work with the files. While at the show I learned about Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 technology and how device manufactures are using the interface to vastly improve workflow of this demanding industry. Many laptops are now shipping with Thunderbolt 3 ports (like the Dell XPS 15), the HP Spectre 13 which I reviewed recently has abandoned legacy connections in favour of three Thunderbolt 3/USB C ports on. I should point out that while I will be looking at the issues raised at IBC they apply to anyone working with large amounts of data and wanting simple connectivity solutions. First background some background on Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 3 is a solution from Intel that combines a number technologies into a simple USB Type C connector. It supports 40 Gbps transfer speeds, so it can deliver 2 x 4k videos streams, 10 Gbe Ethernet, USB 3.1 and device power over a single USB type C connector. In other words one connector to rule them all.

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