Here Is Why The Apple Thunderbolt Cable Is So Expensive

Posted: Jun 30 2011, 2:11am CDT | by , in News | Apple


Here is why the Apple Thunderbolt Cable is so Expensive

Apple sells a 2m Thunderbolt Cable for $49.

Earlier this week Apple debuted the first Thunderbolt cable. It has a surprising high price-tag of $49. Ars Technica and iFixit took a closer look and found out that this is a so called active cable. On each end of the Thunderbolt cable is a small chip (Gennum GN2033).

The Thunderbolt port needs an active cable to achieve full duplex 10Gbps speeds. The Gennum chips are boosting the signal to maintain error free transmission in the cable. 

The requirement of a $49 cable is something Apple did not highlight when they unveiled the new Thunderbolt port. Apple really needs to consider to give Thunderbolt peripheral buyers a break and sponsor the cable to make sure Thunderbolt is going to be adopted.

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