Thunderbolt™ certification is a rigorous process in order to ensure an optimal user experience. Peripheral devices are certified to be compatible with specific operating systems and the devices are not end user upgradeable for additional operating system compatibility.

A Thunderbolt device may not function properly or at all if attempted to be used with an operating system for which the device has not been certified.

Check the product packaging, website and/or contact the peripheral device manufacturer for Thunderbolt operating system compatibility. Users must purchase devices that state Thunderbolt support for their operating system, and install the latest device driver before plugging in the device.

To begin the certification process or to read more about what it entails, please follow this link. For a Thunderbolt certified host, please speak with your Intel FAE.

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Thunderbolt Technology at a Glance

  • Simultaneous bi-directional, 10 Gbps transfers over a single cable
  • Dual-protocol support (PCI Express* and DisplayPort*)
  • Compatible with existing DisplayPort* devices
  • Daisy-chaining devices
  • Choice of electrical or optical cables
  • Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization for professional audio and video applications
  • Uses native protocol software drivers
  • Power-over-cable for bus-powered devices