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What is Thunderbolt?
Thunderbolt technology was design to transmit data and video information over the same wire. Allowing simultaneous Display Port and PCI Express transactions across the single interface will minimize the number of discrete ports required by an ultra-slim device.

Merging the high data-rate transfer interface with the external display interface requires less physical area for interconnect and sleek designs. With 10Gb/s transfer rates it is 10X faster than USB 2.0 and 20x faster than FireWire. It was intended to simplify the connection of multiple peripherals to a Thunderbolt enabled compute platform.

Thunderbolt technology was design to transmit data and video information over the same wire. Allowing simultaneous Display Port and PCI Express transactions across the single interface will minimize the number of discrete ports required by an ultra-slim device.

Merging the high data-rate transfer interface with the external display interface requires less physical area for interconnect and sleek designs. With 10Gb/s transfer rates it is 10X faster than USB 2.0 and 20x faster than FireWire. It was intended to simplify the connection of multiple peripherals to a Thunderbolt enabled compute platform.

How many devices can I connect using Thunderbolt?
Six (6) devices can be connected in daisy chain fashion.

What type of cable can be used for Thunderbolt?
There are two basic cable types; copper for short distances up to 3m and optical up to 20m. By the end of 2012 100m optical cables will be available.

Is Thunderbolt a proven technology?
Yes. Developed by Intel nearly 10 years ago as an optical interface it has since need engineered to also allow for copper cabling. Thunderbolt has been adopted by all of the top portable laptop, ultra slim, mini platform manufacturers. Thunderbolt will also start to appear on mid range server motherboards in 2013.

Is it easy to connect devices to a system with Thunderbolt?
Thunderbolt makes it easy to add/connect peripherals to a system without changing an entire configuration and Thunderbolt preserves current investments and also maintains a platform for future growth.

What Environments Use Thunderbolt?
Some typical environments include imaging, digital video capture/ingest, digital video and audio post production, data collection in field locations, data archive and restore as well as many others.

These all involve portable, mobile or all in one compute platforms that are Thunderbolt enabled.

What does Plug and Play mean?
Devices conforming to Plug and Play Thunderbolt specification - means that devices should work as soon as they are connected.

Can I mix different Thunderbolt devices on the same bus?
Yes. You can mix up to six data and video devices in the same daisy chain by simply connecting a Thunderbolt cable to each device through the available ports. Each device unless is en end device (the last device in the daisy chain) will have two Thunderbolt ports. One port is used as an input and the other is used as an output.
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