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Lightning Cable and DP cable: What is the difference

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Author : PURPLELEC
Update time : 2024-06-04 09:39:34
  Thunderbolt cable and DP cable (DisplayPort) are common high-speed digital interface cables, they have their own advantages in audio and video transmission and data transmission.
Thunderbolt cable
  1. Data transmission speed
  Lightning Cable: The latest generation of Thunderbolt 4 supports transmission rates of up to 40Gbps, ensuring high-speed data transfer.
  DP Cable: DisplayPort version 1.4 supports a transfer rate of up to 32.4Gbps, which is slightly lower than the Thunderbolt cable, but still has a high transfer speed.
  2, audio and video transmission capability
  Lightning cable: Lightning cables can transmit high-definition video signals and support audio transmission, and are suitable for various high-definition video application scenarios.
  DP Cable: DP cable is designed for audio and video transmission, supporting high-definition video and multi-channel audio transmission. DP cables are widely used in audio and video equipment such as monitors and televisions.
  3. Compatibility
  Lightning cables: Lightning cables are compatible with USB-C ports and can be used on devices that support USB-C, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
  DP cable: DP cable is usually used to connect computers and monitors and other devices, it has a certain compatibility with the HDMI interface, you can realize the connection of the HDMI interface through the converter.
  4, power supply capacity
  Lightning cable: In addition to data and video transmission, lightning cables can also provide power to connected devices to achieve device charging.
  DP cables: DP cables are used for audio and video transmission and cannot provide power for devices.
  5. Application Scenarios
  Lightning cable: Due to the high-speed transmission and power supply capability of lightning cable, it is widely used in audio and video production, external display, data storage and other aspects.
  DP cable: DP cable is mainly used in the connection between computers and monitors, as well as home entertainment and gaming equipment and other fields.
  In summary, lightning cables and DP cables have their own characteristics and application scenarios. Lightning cables have advantages in terms of data transmission speed and power supply, and are suitable for scenarios such as audio and video production, external displays, and data storage. DP cables perform well in audio and video transmission, and are mainly used to connect computers and monitors, as well as home entertainment and game equipment.