Thunderbolt Technology: The Fastest Data Connection to Your PC Just Arrived
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February 24, 2011, 11:23 AM
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1) The Thunderbolt controller connects to the PCH via a 4x PCI-E interface which means 8x / 16x add in cards would be pointless.
2) No. Thunderbolt requires a signal to be sent from origin controller to destination controller. That means if a graphics card doesn't have a TB licensed chip, it will not be compatible with TB products.
1) Alright then, my mistake on that part. But add-in cards COULD still be coming out soon (as opposed to having whole new motherboards to have this feature). That was my whole point: That the controller itself would work fine via PCIe so there's no reason they couldn't make add-in cards.
2) Thats unfortunate. But what is the requirement for a controller to be designated as "licensed"? Is there a physical proprietary chip that is required? Or can it be implemented with code and added to existing displayport products?
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