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).
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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.
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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.