Originally Posted by jamwerks
If TB didn’t bring anything new and better, you wouldn’t hear all the excitement
coming from the likes of Avid, Apogee, UAD, MOTU, etc.
I'd be pretty excited about being able to sell new products too if I was a hardware manufacturer.
The extra external bandwidth makes sense for the video and data guys. Less so for the audio guys.
True it’s PciE technology but with a much larger bandwidth. |
Thunderbolt does not change the PCIe specs at all. It just extends the bus outside of the computer.
See this picture. The Thunderbolt controller is attached to the current PCIe bus (ignoring DisplayPort for now):
As for bandwidth, PCIe 2.0 gives us 4 Gbit/s per lane. A 16x PCIe card gives us 64Gbit/s compared to Thunderbolt's 20Gbit/s.
But let's put these numbers into perspective: A single 96Khz/24 bit audio stream is about 2.2 Mbit/s. 1024 of those is 2.2 Gbit/s. Of course there is overhead but still...