Thunderbolt: Fast And Flexible
With the latest MacBook Pro update Apple introduced the new high speed port Thunderbolt. It is designed by Intel and looks promising:
↯ Up to 10 Gbps of throughput in both directions (20 times faster than USB 2.0).
↯ Provides 10 watts of power to peripherals through electrical cables (Thunderbolt also supports optical cables).
↯ PCI Express is the technology behind this, linking up to six supported devices together (by daisy-chain). Supports data, video, audio, power.
↯ Provides native support for Mini DisplayPort displays. Also supports DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and VGA using an adapter.
↯ Compatible with USB, FireWire 800 and FireWire 400, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet (via adapters).
↯ Supports Target Disk Mode (boot capabilities not confirmed).