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Introduction: It was developed by Intel to create an incredibly fast input/output technology. It uses USB type-C connectors. It was originally codenamed as "Light Peak". It is identical to normal display port connector.

Index of Questions

Question-1 : What is Thunderbolt?
Question-2 : What maximum speed Thunderbolt support?
Question-3 : What maximum distance Thunderbolt support?
Question-4 : Is Thunderbolt compatible with 4K, 5K, 8K?
Question-5 : Is Thunderbolt backward compatible?
Question-6 : What are the different types of Thunderbolt?
Question-7 : What are the advantages and disadvantages of Thunderbolt?
Question-8 : What is the difference between Thunderbolt and HDMI?
Question-9 : What is the difference between Thunderbolt and USB?
Question-10 : What is the difference between Thunderbolt and Firewire?

Thunderbolt interface
Thunderbolt interface

What is Thunderbolt?

Answer-1 : It is an interface for connecting peripheral devices to a computer via expansion bus.

What maximum speed Thunderbolt support?

Answer-2 : Thunderbolt-3 supports maximum speed of 40 Gbps where as thunderbolt supports 2X10Gbps channel and Thunderbolt-2 supports single 20Gbps channel.

What maximum distance Thunderbolt support?

Answer-3 : Thunderbolt supports maximum distance of 3 metres (i.e. 10 feet) with copper version and 60 metres (i.e. 200 feet) with optical version.

Is Thunderbolt compatible with 4K, 5K, 8K?

Answer-4 : Yes, Thunderbolt-2 supports single 4K monitor. Thunderbolt-3 supports two 4K display @60 Hz or single 4K display @120 Hz. It is possible to support 8K monitor using appropriate adapters and with suitable number of thunderbolt-3 ports.

Is Thunderbolt backward compatible?

Answer-5 : Yes, Thunderbolt-3 is backward compatible with thunderbolt-1 and thunderbolt-2 versions.

What are the different types of Thunderbolt?

Answer-6 : The three types are called as Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt-2 and Thunderbolt-3. Refer https://www.rfwireless-world.com/Terminology/Thunderbolt-1-vs-Thunderbolt-2-vs-Thunderbolt-3.html for more information.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Thunderbolt?

Answer-7 : Advantages of Thunderbolt are more speed (40 Gbps), Supports 6 devices per port, More pixels (i.e. two 4K monitors), More power (i.e. up to 100 Watt) and More protocols. Moreover it can carry display, data (USB), Charge and ethernet over single cable. Refer advantages and disadvantages of Thunderbolt >>.

What is the difference between Thunderbolt and HDMI?

Answer-8 : Refer Thunderbolt vs HDMI for difference between Thunderbolt and HDMI.

What is the difference between Thunderbolt and USB?

Answer-9 : Refer Thunderbolt vs USB for difference between Thunderbolt and USB.

What is the difference between Thunderbolt and Firewire?

Answer-10 : Both are two interface standards for peripheral devices. Firewire supports maximum speed of 3.2 Gbps and thunderbolt version-1 supports 10 Gbps. Firewire can interface more daisy chained devices compare to thunderbolt. Firewire is used with copper where as thunderbolt works with both copper and fiber optic cables.



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