Yeah, but PCIe outside the box will offer the speed of Thunderbolt without most of the cost. And it's out mid-2014.
Given that TB2 is just out and it can take a year to develop and market a product, will third-parties support it?
Will TB2 co-exist with PCI OTB?
Rik talks about a lot of different things in that article. Some of it doesn't make sense. He talks about M-PCIe and three "gears". And the speeds he's talking about are 1.x Gbps, which isn't that fast. I don't know what the final end result will be and neither does the author. One thing about specs for stuff, is that it might actually end up for uses that aren't even related to computers that we use, it might be some other purpose that's more for something completely different. Like some hand held medical device or something completely different than what we are thinking of.
For grins, I was on a couple of chip mfg web sites looking at DAC chips and some of them are specifically designed for the auto industry. They must have had 20 or 30 different DAC chip designs and it was all over the place as to who would use which chip for which purposes.
The main point is this. Sometimes these specs get thrown around in the pre-release stage and sometimes nothing comes of it, and sometimes it does. Sometimes it eventually winds up in uses that aren't what we originally thought.
Sometimes, I think these authors really don't know how to discuss technology and actually know where, how and all of the other features associated with it. Yeah, sometimes on paper it looks great, but in reality, it may be a completely different scenario.
You also have cable lengths, can you daisy chain it, etc. Some of what the author was talking about isn't going to happen until 2015 or even later.
My suggestion, when an author talks about a technology and a big point is over the price of a cable, that's a red flag for you to stop reading and find another article that discusses the technology in a more mature fashion.