It looks like ASUS' solution to give AMD-based systems support for Intel's Thunderbolt technology was made more for its own benefit than AMD's. We say this because all evidence suggests AMD does not, in fact, need Thunderbolt at all.
For some reason, no one besides the folks at NetbookNews
has reported on AMD's Lightning Bolt technology.
For those who don't remember, AMD first revealed the project back at CES 2012
, as an alternative to Thunderbolt.
Communicating over DisplayPort, the connection is shown, in the Computex 2012
Compal hands-on video embedded above, supplying video to four monitors at once, on top of the monitor of the laptop itself.
That's a lot of strain for a single AMD Trinity
APU to handle, but the chip doesn't seem to be having any problems.
A “displaybox” is used to divide the signal of a single cable between four HDMI/DisplayPort outputs. Not bad for a prototype, if we do say so ourselves.
Thanks to Shashwat for the tip.