Hardware Secrets
Home | Camera | Case | CE | Cooling | CPU | Input | Memory | Mobile | Motherboard | Networking | Power | Storage | Video | Other
Content
Articles
Editorial
First Look
Gabriel’s Blog
News
Reviews
Tutorials
Main Menu
About Us
Awarded Products
Datasheets
Dictionary
Download
Drivers
Facebook
Links
Manufacturer Finder
Newsletter
RSS Feed
Test Your Skills
Twitter
Newsletter
Subscribe today!
Search
Recommended
Upgrading and Repairing PCs (21st Edition)
Upgrading and Repairing PCs (21st Edition), by Scott Mueller (Que Publishing), starting at $25.87


Home » Motherboard » Bus
Everything You Need to Know About the Thunderbolt Connection
Author: Gabriel Torres 19,571 views
Type: Tutorials Last Updated: June 21, 2012
Page: 1 of 2
Introduction

Thunderbolt (formerly known as “Light Peak”) is an external connection that allows 10 Gbps (around 1 GB/s) of data transfer in each direction. In this tutorial, we will explain everything you need to know about it.

The two main advantages of Thunderbolt are the use of the existing PCI Express and DisplayPort protocols and the use of an existing connector, the mini DisplayPort (mini DP). Because it uses existing protocols, it is not necessary to install an additional driver on your PC in order to use a Thunderbolt connection.

The Thunderbolt architecture
Figure 1: The Thunderbolt architecture

Thunderbolt can carry either computer data, using the PCI Express protocol, or digital video, using the DisplayPort protocol. This means that the other end of the cable can be attached to either an external storage device such as a DAS (Direct Attached Storage) box featuring a Thunderbolt port or to a video monitor with a Thunderbolt port. Since the cable can carry both video and data, the video monitor must have a Thunderbolt chip in order to capture the video data; regular monitors using a DisplayPort or a mini DisplayPort connector won’t work directly with Thunderbolt. It is possible that manufacturers will release an external box with a Thunderbolt controller in order to allow a Thunderbolt connection on regular video monitors.

How Thunderbolt works
click to enlarge
Figure 2: How Thunderbolt works

Print Version | Send to Friend | Bookmark Article Page 1 of 2  | Next »

Related Content
  • HTC Thunderbolt Cell Phone Review
  • Mac mini Computer Review
  • Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH Motherboard
  • Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH Motherboard

  • RSSLatest Content
    ASUS ZenFone 5 Smartphone Review
    October 15, 2014 - 7:00 PM
    ASUS AM1M-A Motherboard
    October 15, 2014 - 4:30 AM
    ASRock X99 Extreme4 Motherboard
    October 14, 2014 - 4:10 AM
    Cooler Master Elite 130 Case Review
    October 9, 2014 - 2:46 AM
    ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME Motherboard
    October 7, 2014 - 2:50 AM
    ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer Motherboard
    October 6, 2014 - 5:40 AM
    ASUS X99-DELUXE Motherboard
    September 30, 2014 - 1:07 AM
    MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro Laptop Review
    September 25, 2014 - 1:15 AM







    2004-14, Hardware Secrets, LLC. All rights reserved.
    Advertising | Legal Information | Privacy Policy
    All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST, GMT -08:00)