Homebrew Thunderbolt Hardware

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by elrooto, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. elrooto macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2014
    Hi All,

    I have been contemplating creating a thunderbolt to USB3 or PCIe prototype using breadboards (I have too much time on my hands, and a sandy bridge MBP, which has IO bottlenecks.).

    However, the issue I keep running into is not being able to find datasheets for the thunderbolt controllers. I've found where I can buy them, however I just can't find where I can get the specifications so I can start tinkering with them...

  2. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    Requires NDA and license, hence no public documents posted. Not unique to Thunderbolt. This happens with most semiconductor manufacturers nowadays.

    Not too easy to breadboard 10Gbps signal lines, especially with the special PCB material required, and the $100K+ scopes to assist with debug.

    I'm not even tempted...

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