I'm having a hard time understanding the magic between DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt. I'm trying to learn if it's supported by the protocols to have 2 monitors over USB-C both with and without Thunderbolt support. I'm not an expert on the USB-C protocols but here are my assumptions:
On the laptop with USB-C, a DisplayPort adapter is actually sending display data over the wire, not USB protocol data. The DisplayPort website hints that this functionality uses "Alternate Mode Functional Extension," and I'm assuming there's only one channel available for this. I assume that this functionality means a USB-C to DisplayPort adapter can be fully passive?
I'm assuming on the MBP, Thunderbolt just has massive raw throughput and each display adaptor is converting some thunderbolt-formatted data to the video signal being sent to the displays. These Thunderbolt to DisplayPort adapters would in that case be active adapters.
I'm assuming thunderbolt should be able to downgrade to be fully USB-C, so if I find a solution that works with regular USB-C, I should be able to use both the MacBook and PC.
I'm assuming that "Alternate Mode Functional Extension" can send video to one screen, that there should be enough bandwidth left in USB 3.0 itself to fuel another 1080p display.
I'm assuming that if I get a "dock" that has USB-C w/ Power Delivery, DisplayPort, and a USB-A 3.0 port, I can plug a USB-A 3.0 to HDMI adapter into the dock, and end up with 2 functional displays.
Is the above correct? Does this work as I'm assuming?