ThunderBolt is quite unlike any previous generation computer interface. Besides it’s sheer prowess of delivering 10 to 20 GBps data bandwidth, it’s also a direct on-ramp to a computer’s PCI bus. That allows it to act as a bridge to nearly any other kind of existing or legacy peripheral interface with the proper ThunderBolt adapter. Our notion of physically opening the case of a desktop computer and plugging in a specialized interface ‘card’ into a computer ‘slot’ is becoming rather anachronistic. Upgrading and expanding a computer’s hardware capabilities can now be accomplished as simply as plugging in a ThunderBolt cable.
The range of devices now available go way beyond adapters supporting only hard disk drive and solid-state ThunderBolt SSD backup solutions. ThunderBolt converters and adapters currently shipping include products to address the following computing needs:
ThunderBolt To Ethernet
ThunderBolt Audio Adapters
ThunderBolt Video Adapters
ThunderBolt SSD and Hard Drive Adapters
ThunderBolt To USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
ThunderBolt To FireWire 800
ThunderBolt To eSATA
ThunderBolt To PCI Card Chassis
ThunderBolt Hub and Docking Stations
Of note: ThunderBolt docks and hubs can consolidate a wide variety of computer interface ports into one device. These devices, featured at http://www.thunderbolt-
“It should also be noted ThunderBolt ports also support the DisplayPort monitor interface standard,” Baer says. “Besides Apple’s own ThunderBolt LCD Cinema Display, other 3rd-party monitor manufacturers also are beginning to offer DisplayPort technology alongside conventional DVI, HDMI or D-Sub video connectors.”
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