Intel’s Thunderbolt is lightning, mamma mia, mamma mia

The online launch of Intel’s Thunderbolt – formerly known as Light Peak – was somewhat marred by technical glitches which led to some hacks being a little late for a PR gig in the heart of throbbing Soho last night.

Despite everything, Intel managed to successfully cast an eclipse over the Poulson chip which – as we predicted – will be at the heart of Chipzilla’s Data Centre Push.

Apple endorsed Thunderbolt and you know while that might be a high profile PR win for Intel, it’s possible that its somewhat disloyal third party partners in Ole Taipei might be wondering just quite how they managed to get screwed up over USB 3.0 with the Cupertino rapprochement seemingly more important than the fact they were left in the lurch for most of last year.

Intel would not have it that way, of course – but the Thunderbolt it talked about yesterday night isn’t quite the Light Peak it hyped up at IDF 2009.  Jason Ziller said that Intel had “collaborated” with Apple to produce the thing it announced.  It’s certainly faster than USB 3.0 but the question of support for Thunderbolt remains.

This Thunderbolt supports a bidirectional 10Gbps per channel, has PCIe and DisplayPort protocols, has low latency with an eight nanoseconds accuracy time which can be synchronised across seven devices, and an itsy bitsy teeny weeny small connector.

Intel made it clear in its presentation that it wanted everyone in the known cosmos to use Thunderbolt – it is “available to the whole industry”.  That means a lot of people are going to huff and puff to get product to market, knowing, as they do, that for Intel, Apple is a little bit more important than their loyal partners, many maybe feeling that tiny little bit disloyal this fair Friday morning.

There’s more than enough tech info at the Intel site, here.