Thunderbolt to USB 3 Cable?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by -LikesMac-, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. -LikesMac- macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    I've searched on the Internet for a TB to USB3 cable, but I can't find any. That leads me to ask the following:

    Why aren't there any such cables? Are such cables even technically possible? :eek:
  2. COrocket macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Not possible, at least without a rather large adapter. USB isn't based on PCIe technology like thunderbolt is. There are microchips in the ends of thunderbolt cables where USB is a passive cable (part of the price difference reason).
  3. sevimli macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007

    how does tb to ethernet cables work then?
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

    Feb 20, 2009
    "Why aren't there any such cables? Are such cables even technically possible?"

    There aren't going to be any thunderbolt-to-usb3 adapters.

    They might be "technically possible" to engineer and build.

    But the end product would probably be quite expensive due to the development costs vis-a-vis the market.

    And that's the final problem. There would be almost no market for such a product, beyond a relatively few customers who would want such a connection option.

    Any company that attempted to market one of these devices would loose their shirt on it.

    And that's the real reason you'll never see one...
  6. RDStrong macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2012
  7. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
  8. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
  9. -LikesMac- thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    Great! Can't believe it's been a few years since I posted about this. Anyways, although it's good to know that there exist a TB -> USB3 connector, I've moved on from getting one.

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