What Thunderbolt™ technology means for the PC industry
By tapping into the performance and protocols delivered over Thunderbolt™ technology, designers are free to innovate new PC products and configurations, no longer constrained to the boundaries of the chassis walls.
With Thunderbolt™ technology, engineers can:
Design standalone performance expansion technologies commonly used in desktops and workstations, using existing native device drivers and interconnected by a single cable.
Introduce thinner and lighter laptops, expandable through Thunderbolt™ technology and its miniature connector designed for mobile applications, without sacrificing I/O performance.
Extend to reach other I/O technologies by using adapters that use widely available PCI Express* controllers. It's simple to create a Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, or eSATA adapter using existing device PCI Express* drivers.
Dual-channel 10Gbps per port
Dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)
Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
Electrical or optical cables
Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization
Uses native protocol software drivers
Power over cable for bus-powered devices
Thunderbolt Technology at a Glance
Simultaneous bi-directional, 10 Gbps transfers over a single cable
Dual-protocol support (PCI Express* and DisplayPort*)
Compatible with existing DisplayPort* devices
Choice of electrical or optical cables
Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization for professional audio and video applications