The name 'Thunderbolt cable' refers to the brand of hardware technology originally developed by Intel and Apple in 2011. First named Light Peak, Thunderbolt cables are used to connect external peripherals to the main computer. Thunderbolt cables can be considered to be more niche gadget ports as their use is dependent on device compatibility, but they are highly regarded for the support they provide to high-performance data devices in the prosumer and professional markets, such as RAID units and enclosures.
RS Components are proud to supply Thunderbolt compatible cables from leading brands Startech and Roline.
The Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 cables use the same connector as a Mini DisplayPort (MDP) that is non-locking, whereas the Thunderbolt 3 uses a USB-C connector, but all cables combine PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort into two serial signals. The cables can also provide DC power, making them incredibly versatile in their performance possibilities, and can support up to six peripherals per connector by employing various topologies, including employing central hubs.