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Sumitomo Electric Begins Mass-Producing Thunderbolt Cable

TOKYO, Jan. 14, 2013 — Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. is the first company to receive Thunderbolt certification from Intel Corp. and has begun mass production of the optical cable.

Optical Thunderbolt cable. Courtesy of Business Wire.

Based on Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, the new cable, developed by Sumitomo Electric in April 2012, enables long-distance data transmission up to 30 m to connect Thunderbolt devices together. The cables are robust and durable for daily use and offer high bending performance, even when pinched up to 180° or tangled in knots. They are the same diameter as conventional metal cables and handle just the same.

All Thunderbolt products must undergo a certification process to ensure optimal operation and end-user experience. Officially certified products provide reliable data transmission at a high speed of 10 Gb/s.

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