Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TI intros industry's first family of ICs designed to support Thunderbolt technology

DALLAS, USA: Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) introduced the industry's first integrated circuit (IC) portfolio optimized for Thunderbolt technology.

The Thunderbolt high-speed interface standard supports dual 10.3 Gbps transfer lanes, aggregating PCI Express and DisplayPort into a single cable to enable both data and display over a single cable. TI is the only supplier to provide the full ecosystem of devices, allowing customers to do more by offering the right products to speed design with Thunderbolt.

Enabling the design from the host PC through the cable to the peripheral, TI's initial product offering includes six devices. The TPS22980 power load switch resides on both the host and device side, facilitating the delivery and receipt of power to both the active cable and the connected device. The LM3017 boost and battery disconnect and HD3SS0001 FET switch work in tandem on the host to connect to the cable where the TPS22985 power load switch, DS100TB211 signal conditioning retimer with clock and data recovery (CDR) and LMZ10501 SIMPLE SWITCHER nano module reside. All devices are designed to work seamlessly to provide an optimum Thunderbolt user experience.

"Thunderbolt technology brings unprecedented I/O performance and versatility to the PC platform," said Jason Ziller, director of marketing and planning for Thunderbolt technology at Intel. "Texas Instruments' new devices will accelerate Thunderbolt product makers' development and time-to-market, and help accelerate Thunderbolt ecosystem growth."

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