Intel to bring Thunderbolt support to Z77 chipset and boards
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
Intel is set to introduce Thunderbolt support within the 7-series chipset which will allow all motherboard providers to incorporate Thunderbolt support into their motherboards if they wish. Intel is leading the way with its first Z77 Thunderbolt-ready board which will be the DZ77RE.
The DZ77RE will be part of Intel’s Extreme series range of motherboards. In fact Thunderbolt support will only available within the Extreme series not the Media series of motherboards where there is the most demand for Thunderbolt devices.
None of the supposed Media Series boards from Intel’s 7-series chipset based Desktop Board lineup is listing Thunderbolt support, when it’s the content-creation industry that stands to be the primary user of the interface. Thunderbolt facilitates ultra-high bandwidth for multiple lossless high-resolution video streams which will help in tomorrow’s video-editing systems.