HARDWARE TEARDOWN OUTFIT Ifixit has taken apart Apple's Thunderbolt cable to see if the $50 price tag is worth it for the lightning fast speeds of 10Gbits/s.
Ifixit said, "The cable may actually have chips containing firmware in it, making it more expensive to produce than your garden-variety HDMI cable - thus justifying the hefty price tag."
So the guys over at Ifixit got their scalpel out and sliced open the cable to see what was under the glossy white casing. The plastic sleeve is suspiciously long, so it seemed there must have been something more than just wires hidden underneath.
After some cutting and unsoldering some hardware was revealed, including chips. Two 'Gennum GN2033' low power transceiver chips were found, one on each side.
Furthermore, two smaller chips were found next to each of the larger ones. Two on one side labeled 'S6A 1JG', whilst on the opposite side one is labelled '1102F SS8370' and the other '131 3S'.
Ifixit said, "Of course, there were tons of little resistors (providing impedance as needed) all around the larger chips."
Sony has come up with its own version, or rather Intel's original version apparently, codenamed 'Light Peak', which Sony features on its recently announced Vaio Z laptop.
The connector at the other end of the cable is identical, so all in all there are 12 chips and lots of smaller components in the Thunderbolt cable. So it's not a complete rip-off, but the price tag is still pretty high, in our opinion. µ
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