Questions tagged [thunderbolt]

Hardware interface designed by Intel that allows for the connection of external peripherals to a computer. For questions related to meteorological thunderbolt, please use [tag:lightning].

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What makes a communication architecture/protocol faster than others?

Why is thunderbolt considered faster than other? Apart from the inherent channel properties which affect the speed of data propagation, what else determines the speed of data transfer? Of course ...
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How to communicate faster than the system clock

I was reading about the new (ish) Thunderbolt 3 today, and was very impressed by the specced speed of 40Gbps. Then I looked at Intel's latest i9 processor speed... about 4.2GHz max. How can a system ...
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Thunderbolt 3 connecting to USB 3.1

I know that Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB Type-C port, and I know that you can plug a USB cable into a Thunderbolt port and it will function as USB or Thunderbolt depending on the peripheral. However, ...
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Why is it so hard to find a Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.0 hub online? [closed]

I want an extra USB terminal on my macbook and thought this would be a good opportunity to use my my never touched thunderbolt port. So i searched on ebay for a Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.0 female. ...
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PCB Design - Mini Pcie Express to Thunderbolt 1 2/Mini Display

What I want to achieve is to connect a Mini Pcie Express device to a thunderbolt (1 / 2) port. I have looked around and such connector does not seem to exist, so as a computer engineer I went looking ...
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Requirements for Integrating Thunderbolt 3 Into Product

Based on the bandwidth and relatively good availability of Thunderbolt 3 ports on PCs we are considering incorporating a Thunderbolt 3 interface into a new product. My understanding is that the ...
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Charging a QC 3.0 USB-C Thunderbolt specced laptop via generic 15V charger

I have a USB-C PD & QC3.0 device. It takes 20V @ 2.25A (45W), or 15V@3A to charge. I also have a 15V 5A portable charger with a female 5.5mm x 2.5mm output port. I plan to connect the 5.5mm x 2....
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Why can't Thunderbolt be replaced with a PCI Express cable?

It wouldn't be able to directly run displays, but why couldn't Apple have just used the PCI Express 3.0 pins for high speed data transfers (modifying it somewhat to account for the additional latency, ...
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What is ThunderBolt? [closed]

What is the Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel Corp.? How does it compare to USB 3.0? If it really is as fast as is claimed , why hasn't it replaced USB 3.0?
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Can Thunderbolt be used to power the host device?

Could the Thunderbolt interface be used to provide power to the PCIe host device? In this case, this would be a battery-powered mobile device, connecting to a range of peripherals. Thunderbolt here ...