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Apple Thunderbolt cable teardown shows processing power

06/29, 8:05pm

Thunderbolt cable torn down by iFixit

An uncommon teardown of Apple's new Thunderbolt cable has confirmed that the $49 price comes from the quality of the components Apple needs. iFixit found that Gennum GN2033 chips are in place at each to handle the data traffic and make it an active cable, not just a passive relay. Ten additional chips are also in place for unknown purposes but which help add to the price.

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