Thunderbolt technology under code name Light Peak originally developed by Intel and Apple. In the future we expect to see a wide range of support for this technology on Linux operating system like as we previously saw it on many Apple products.
Thunderbolt technology aimed for connecting peripheral multiple devices to expansion bus in a computers by combining PCIe and enhanced display port into new serial data interface. Thunderbolt offer high speed transfer rate up to 10 GB/s per port is way faster than USB 3 and eSATA. So far Thunderbolt technology is not available for many systems, however, it will be compatible with the most available devices nowadays.
According to “ThunderboltTechnology – What is it and what are the Open Source implications” presentation for Linux Plumbers Conference which will held on Friday, September 9, 2011. Intel’s Lan Access Division “LAD” working on peer to peer Thunderbolt software support for Linux operating systems and other OSes as well. Also LAD working on a code for open source operating system which developer and open source community will figure out later on plenty of usages for it.
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- Dual-channel 10 Gbps per port
- Dual-protocol (PCI Express* and DisplayPort*)
- Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
- Daisy-chained devices “connecting up to 7 devices “
- Electrical or optical cables
- Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization
- Uses native protocol software drivers
- Power over cable for bus-powered devices