The release of the 33-foot-long Thunderbolt Optical Cable by Corning is a long-awaited event. For those that want to move data along a wired connection – a long distance, at that – there’s a lot to be said about the 10 Gbit/s bi-directional, dual channel technology, and as the first “all-optical” offering in the world – at this length, at least – Corning is bringing a rather unique product to the market.
This massive piece of high-speed cable will span a cool 10 meters across your home, your office, or your home office. Speed at this size, quality, and length doesn’t come cheap, mind you, with this particular cable coming in at at daunting $329.95 USD in Apple’s online store right this minute. On the other hand, it’s the only product of its kind – none exactly like it – the cost reflects the nature.
This cable is a Class 1 Laser Product, working with an electrically isolated, noise-reducing design. You’ll have the ability to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices with successive cords, and you’ll have compatibility with Thunderbolt 2, working with up to 20Gbit/s. This cable is also light, thin, and “tough”, as Corning suggests, so “there’s no problem if they’re bent or squeezed.” It’s not like a water hose, that’s for sure.
The exact length of the cable comes in at 32.81 ft./10 m, and you’ll get a velcro cable wrap and one-year warranty and product information in the box as well. We first got up close and personal with these cables all the way back at CES 2013, while the final release date for the lot of them appears to still be a couple months out. Apple’s current projected shipping time sits at 1-2 weeks – we’ll likely see them in-store by the time 2014 rolls around.