NXP's new high-performance, low-power switch supports Thunderbolt technology interface

September 11, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has unveiled the company’s next-generation, high-performance switch supporting Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel Corporation. The CBTL05024 features 10 Gbps performance and excellent signal integrity.

In addition, the new switch exceeds the new low-power requirement for bus-powered Thunderbolt devices. Samples of the CBTL05024 are now available to qualified customers.

The Thunderbolt interface consists of two 10.3 Gbps full-duplex data paths, and enables fast data transfers between PCs and peripheral and display devices. It concurrently supports data (PCI Express) and display (DisplayPort) connections over a single cable.

NXP’s high-speed switches are currently used in Thunderbolt connectors and are recommended for use in Intel reference designs, offering high performance, outstanding signal integrity, and a very low bill of materials. Featuring an integrated 10 Gbps Thunderbolt signal with no external PIN diodes, NXP’s next-generation CBTL05024 also delivers advanced characteristics that enhance signal integrity and power efficiency, and is available in a very small HVQFN package.

Availability and Pricing

Volume production of the CBTL05024 will start in November 2012. Budgetary pricing for the CBTL05024 is $1.00 for quantities between 5,000 and 25,000 pieces.

More information on NXP’s high-speed multiplexer switches for Thunderbolt applications at
www.nxp.com/news/news-archive/2012/NXP-supports-Thunderbolt.html