Intel Announces Next-Generation Thunderbolt 9 April 2013 bzamayo.com/next-generation-thunderbolt Engadget: But let’s talk about the real news: the next-gen Thunderbolt tech (code-named Falcon Ridge) enables 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously in addition to running at 20 Gbps. It will be backward-compatible with previous-gen Thunderbolt cables and connectors, and production is set to ramp up in 2014. An on-stage demo with fresh-off-the-press silicon showed the new Thunderbolt running 1,200 MBps, which is certainly a step up from what’s currently on the market. Next year, 4K will be ready for consumers technologically. The content situation, though, remains murky.