Developing for Thunderbolt™ 3 at IDF

Posted on August 16th, 2016

By Jason Ziller, Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, Intel Corporation

To unlock the full potential of Thunderbolt 3, it takes a vast ecosystem of makers and developers. From improved storage solutions to docking stations, our key partners are bringing the promise of Thunderbolt 3 to market. That’s why the Thunderbolt team is spending the week at the Intel Developer Conference (IDF) in San Francisco.

This year we’ve gathered a group of 12 companies to showcase how they’re innovating with Thunderbolt:

  • Anritsu Company is displaying two technologies at IDF 16. The first is its High Speed Serial Bus Receiver Test Solution with Auto Calibration for Thunderbolt 3. And the second technology is the MD8475A All-In-One Network Simulator Signaling and applications tests for multimode mobile devices.
  • The ASM1061 4-bay Thunderbolt Storage solution from ASMedia Technology, Inc. is featured along with its 8-bay storage solution prototype.
  • Highlighting a Bring Your Own Workbook concept, ATTO Technology, Inc. is showing portable Thunderbolt-enabled solutions that provide opportunity for high-performance and throughput for both storage and mobility.
  • With the Intel Skull Canyon NUC, two demos showcase productivity and networking using Thunderbolt 3. The Skull Canyon NUC is connected to a Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage device and daisy-chained to an external GPU for using video editing and CAD software in 4K with Windows® 10 Pro. This demo also shows peer-to-peer networking via Thunderbolt 3 between two Skull Canyon devices with throughput benchmarks.
  • Goodway is showing a Thunderbolt 3 PD Dock that’s designed for extra connectivity demands. With this solution, there’s no need to install extra drivers. Just plug and play, and you are connected with Thunderbolt embedded devices.
  • Helping bridge the connection with legacy devices, Lintes Technology Co. is featuring a Thunderbolt 3 Legacy Adapter, as well as Thunderbolt 3 thin cable design for full duplex high speed transmission and daisy-chaining support.
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. is featuring its RAID Controller Storage system, which communicates with a PC via Thunderbolt 3 storage.
  • Promise Technology is displaying its Pegasus3 R4, R6 and R8 Thunderbolt 3 Direct Attached Storage RAIDs along with its SANLink3 NBASE-T1 Thunderbolt 3 Ethernet Bridge Adapter Storage.
  • From Texas Instruments Corp., a USB-C and Power Delivery Mini Dock show turn-key reference design for docking station applications.
  • With a focus on embedded graphics, TUL Corporation also has a Thunderbolt 3 docking solution on display, along with an OEM eGPU box and a color Devil Box Thunderbolt 3 eGPU solution.
  • With two demos, VESA is showing the new connectivity options that Thunderbolt 3, USB-C and DisplayPort bring to mobile devices for increased bandwidth, high speed and more.

For developers getting up to speed on Thunderbolt 3 capabilities, be sure to attend our session at IDF 16.

Tags: external graphics, IDF 16, Intel Developer Forum, Intel Thunderbolt, single-cable docking, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt networking, Thunderbolt storage