[LAU] firewire-thunderbolt adapter?

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Oct 3 23:52:16 UTC 2017

as a clarification, perhaps: thunderbolt, in essence, is just a way to
"export" the PCI(x) bus to outside the chassis, with safe hot-plugging.

connecting via thunderbolt is semantically and functionally almost
precisely equivalent to plugging into the backplace of the motherboard.

On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 6:49 PM, David W. Jones <gnome at hawaii.rr.com> wrote:

> On October 3, 2017 11:50:07 AM HST, David Kastrup <dak at gnu.org> wrote:
> >Bernardo Barros <bernardo.barros at nyu.edu> writes:
> >
> >> Hello
> >>
> >> I have a quick question. I have an old MOTU Ultralite that works well
> >> with a thinkpad, which has a firewire I/O. Current Thinkpads don't
> >> have firewire, but some have thunderbolt. My old soundcard would work
> >> on a new thinkpad with an adapter, like it does with other OS's?
> >
> >Would a Firewire Expresscard be an option?  That's what I currently use
> >on a T61.  The Expresscard I currently use has a "TI chipset" and won't
> >work properly unless I boot with it (after doing that, you can usually
> >disconnect it and reconnect while the laptop is suspended: hotplugging
> >tends not to work).  This tends to work a bit more reliably
> >(disregarding the hotplugging puzzle) than the built-in Ricoh Firewire
> >interface.
> >
> >When you don't have a card yet, I think it likely makes sense going for
> >one supporting 800Mbps.  Not because there would be any use for that
> >speed with most soundcards, but because it will more likely land you
> >with a more modern chipset making less trouble in the PCIe department.
> >Also the issue date will be closer to the age of the "new Firewire
> >stack".
> >
> >Do modern laptops still have Expresscard slots?
> I don't think so. My 2-year-old laptop only offers USB ports and an SD
> card slot.
> I understand that SD cards can be other things than storage - I think
> there are SD wifi cards, for example.
> I wonder - could an adaptor connect a Firewire device to USB-C or
> Thunderbolt port?
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