Thunderbolt powerdock

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mscofield, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. mscofield macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    So I some video's of the new Sony Z series notebook.
    The idea of attaching powerdock through with Intel's Lightpeak technology looks just fantastic!
    You get a dedicated GPU, optical drive, extra ports and can connect up to 3 displays.

    Can we expect a similar concept with Thunderbolt?
    This combined with a Macbook Air would be the perfect solutions for many among us, i think.

    Travel light, power up at home/office.
    I see a very great future in this concept, how about you guys?

    Engadget newspost:
  2. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    This doesn't seem like something Apple would do. A third party probably could, but it wouldn't be easy. Getting the OS to accept new hardware on fly might be tricky, and you'd have to use a GPU that is already in an Apple computer or use hackintosh drivers.

    I'm not too familiar with how the ThunderBolt controller handles things. It might already have plug and play functionality for PCIe hardware, i dunno
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Thunderbolt is based on PCIe (one channel for DisplayPort and the other for PCIe data). Sonnet is developing a TB to PCIe x4 adapter so any PCIe card that is supported by OS X should work with that adapter.

    GPUs might be trickier but still plausible.
  4. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    I know that it's based on PCIe, and using PCIe cards with it wouldn't be too much of a problem. However, I feel like you'd have to restart your machine for it to recognize certain kinds of hardware. Which would be problematic for the power dock idea.
  5. yongren macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    Personally I think it'd be plenty cool to have a Thunderbolt dock with an ethernet port, monitor output (don't really care what kind), and as many USB ports as they can fit.
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Last year, IRC, there were patent-drawing rumors floating around about an Air that docked into an iMac-shaped machine. Basically an update of the much loved Powerbook Duo Dock. I would much rather a solution like that.


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