Intel’s Thunderbolt was introduced last year and while it hasn’t caught on like wildfire (manufacturers are only using Thunderbolt interfaces in their high-end products), it looks like Intel could be ready to give it an upgrade. According to DigiTimes, the company plans to release an upgraded version of its Thunderbolt chip, codenamed Redwood Ridge, in the second quarter of 2013 together with the launch of its Haswell processors.
The new Thunderbolt chip is said to support 10Gbps data rate, DisplayPort v1.1a and DisplayPort v1.2 Redriver. In 2014, it is also said to be further upgrade to Falcon Ridge with transmission speeds of up to 20Gbps through 2 channels. No word on how true these rumors are, but take this information with a pinch of salt for now. Q2 2013 is still a long way to go anyway.