Due to the cost, Thunderbolt port only appears on high-end motherboards and laptops. As a result, we have not seen the market filled with devices equipped with such port. As you may recall, Thunderbolt is Intel’s solution to essentially unify every external I/O ports (display, graphics, storages, etc) to a single connector. With up to 10GB/s bi-directional bandwidth, it doubles the speed that USB 3.0 offers, and is backward compatible with USB 3.0 ports.
The second generation Thunderbolt doubles the bandwidth of the first generation to 20Gb/s by combining four 10Gb/s channels into two 20Gb/s channels. This allows the port to have enough bandwidth to support the 4K displays that are appearing on the market. The second gen is also backward compatible with the first gen Thunderbolt so that you can still use it with older devices.
ASUS once again is being the first to come out with a motherboard equipped with the second generation Thunderbolt. The ASUS z87-Deluxe/Quad motherboard is equipped with two 20Gb/s ports for up to 12 simultaneously connected devices. Combining the two Thunderbolt ports with the onboard HDMI port, it is possible to drive a total of three 4K displays at once.
The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad also includes NFC Express accessory that allows quick pairing to the system or automate common tasks with the provided NFC tag.
Check out the official release below for more information and the specification.
|ASUS Introduces the World’s First Intel Thunderbolt|
2 Certified Motherboard Z87-Deluxe/Quad features two Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with 20Gbit/s bandwidth
|Fremont, CA (August 19, 2013) – ASUS is excited to announce the world’s first motherboard certified by Intel® with Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, the Z87-Deluxe/Quad. Based on the new Intel Z87 chipset and ready for the latest 4th generation Intel Core™ processors, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad ATX motherboard has two Thunderbolt 2 ports which allow for up to 12 simultaneously connected devices. Each port is capable of up to a 20Gbit/s transfer rate and is backward compatible with first generation Thunderbolt.|
“Z87-Deluxe/Quad has been subjected to a tremendous amount of compatibility, BIOS, as well as video/audio and other tests to verify its quality and design,” said Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Motherboard and Desktop System Business Unit. “Being the world’s first certified motherboard for Thunderbolt 2 technology also means setting the standard for all of the upcoming products, which is something that ASUS has always done.”
|Twice the Thunderbolt Performance and Full4K Display Support|
The first generation Thunderbolt standard has four separate transfer channels — two upstream and two downstream — with a maximum transfer rate of 10Gbit/s per channel. Thunderbolt 2 combines these four channels into two 20Gbit/s bi-directional channels, providing 4X the bandwidth of USB 3.0. Together with DisplayPort 1.2 support, Thunderbolt 2 enables simultaneous delivery of extremely high-resolution video to the latest 4K/2K (4096 x 2160 and 3840×2160) displays while still offering communication with other bandwidth-hungry devices such as hard drives. Additionally, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad’s onboard HDMI port means that it can drive a total of three 4K UHD displays at once.
Thunderbolt 2 also supports daisy-chained connections with up to six devices on each port. With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad can connect to up to 12 devices at once, reducing the need for separate hubs and helping to maintain a clutter-free workspace.
Cutting Edge Accessories and Apps
The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad also includes the NFC Express accessory, which can automate common PC tasks simply by tapping the supplied NFC tag or NFC-compatible smart devices to the box. NFC Express can be used to securely login to your Windows user account without the need to type in a password, and also provides the ability to launch multiple applications to create a particular workflow. Using the free Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote companion apps for NFC-compatible smart devices, users can also wirelessly synchronize photos and videos with their PC and remotely control their system by tapping the NFC Express box.
|*Specifications and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.|
Full specifications are available at www.asus.com