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Optical Thunderbolt cables on the way, prices expected to drop

By Rick ยท 8 replies
Jan 3, 2013
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  1. As rumored nearly a year ago, it appears optical Thunderbolt cables will be making their debut in 2013. The move to fiber-optic will bring a number of changes, but most importantly should allow for greater speeds (possibly up to 100Gbps)...

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  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I want to see optical audio cables to get rid of any EMI interference buzz T_T
  3. KristoZ

    KristoZ TS Rookie

  4. Are these using real fiber optic glass? Because the real stuff becomes stiff when it sits unmoved for an extended period of time, then if you ever move the cable it will break. One way some ISPs who offer Internet/TV through fiber optic cables get around this is by using plastic instead of glass in the cables once the cable enters a home (outside the home is still real glass since it never needs to be moved, thus broken).
  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 848   +114

    One port to rule them all!
  6. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 848   +114

    I don't think the medium in which the optics are transmitted matters much.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,759   +2,431

    SPDIF optical connections confuse the hell out of a CD deck. They never seen to find the correct break between songs. As heretical as it sounds, I actually prefer an analog electrical signal transfer for that reason. It's fairly annoying for every song to begin half way through the first measure.
  8. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +27

    I suspect that transmission range & quality might be hampered if you used concrete? ;)
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  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I wonder if there will be a new network cable anytime soon, the ethernet plug seems dated lol

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