Thunderbolt 3 Fundamentals

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Thunderbolt 3 Fundamentals

Instructor(s): Jay Trodden
Number of Modules: 13
Subscription Length: 90 days

Course Price

Thunderbolt 3 Fundamentals

What's Included?

Thunderbolt eLearning modules
(unlimited access for 90 days)
PDF of Course Slides
(yours to keep, does not expire)

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Who Should View?

This course is designed with hardware, software and validation engineers in mind. System board and computer designers will benefit too. Major features of Thunderbolt (Type-C) connections and power delivery are described.

Course Outline:

  • Module 1: Course Introduction
    - Introduction to MindShare and discusses course outline
  • Module 2: Thunderbolt Background
    - Motivation for Thunderbolt vs other protocols (e.g. USB 3.1), embedded protocols, introduction of USB-C interface, Thunderbolt 3 controller (host vs device), cables
  • Module 3: Thunderbolt 3 Host Examples
    - Walk through of MacBook Pro 15" and 13" examples, desktop system with Alpine Ridge controller
  • Module 4: Thunderbolt 3 Device Examples
    - Examples of Thunderbolt 3 docks and internal architecture, Direct Attached Storage (DAS), SSD, external GPU, dual display port adapter
  • Module 5: Alpine Ridge Internal Logic
    - Host side view, internal PCIe switch, xHCI host controller, NHI/DMA function, Thunderbolt 3 switch, various attachments (Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort), device side view
  • Module 6: Alpine Ridge PCI Space
    - Motivation for PCI configuration space, PCI topology background, PCIe topology, MindShare Arbor example of actual system looking at PCI config space
  • Module 7a: Alpine Ridge Interrupts
    - Introduction to interrupts on x86 platforms, interrupt sources, intro to MSI (Message Signaled Interrupt)
  • Module 7b: Alpine Ridge Interrupts
    - Interrupt routing to Local APIC(s), MSI packet routing info, compatibility format vs remapping format, purpose of interrupt remapping
  • Module 7c: Alpine Ridge Interrupts
    - Setting up MSI at device, introduction to MSI-X, Arbor exercise related to interrupt setup, Thunderbolt 3 controller MSI setup
  • Module 8: Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Port
    - Big picture of USB-C, port elements, specifications involved, port receptacle, signal groups, legacy USB 2.0 signals, high speed signals, Sideband Use (SBU) signals, power, Configuration Channel (CC), plug orientation
  • Module 9: Cable Basics
    - Cross-section of cable described, cable transfer speeds, electronically marked cables, active vs passive cables, cable length, Power Delivery (PD) messages, determining capabilities of cable
  • Module 10: Port Controller and Power Delivery
    - Functional blocks of port controller, configuration basics, CC detection, resolving plug orientation, determining default Vbus current
  • Module 11: Thunderbolt 3 Alternate Mode Entry
    - Power Delivery (PD) messages and the CC signal, control and data messages, message framing, message fields, alternate mode device discovery, alternate mode entry, alternate mode exit
Course Modules
Module 1: Course Introduction9 minutes
Module 2: Thunderbolt Background42 minutes
Module 3: Thunderbolt 3 Host Examples44 minutes
Module 4: Thunderbolt 3 Device Examples29 minutes
Module 5: Alpine Ridge Internal Logic44 minutes
Module 6: Alpine Ridge PCI Space53 minutes
Module 7a: Alpine Ridge Interrupts24 minutes
Module 7b: Alpine Ridge Interrupts41 minutes
Module 7c: Alpine Ridge Interrupts22 minutes
Module 8: Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Port44 minutes
Module 9: Cable Basics37 minutes
Module 10: Port Controller and Power Delivery64 minutes
Module 11: Thunderbolt 3 Alternate Mode Entry43 minutes