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Intel Thunderbolt 3 offers 40Gbps of bandwidth and is compatible with USB 3.1 Type-C

Posted on Tuesday, June 02 2015 @ 12:17:57 CEST by

Intel introduces its Thunderbolt 3 standard at Computex. One of the interesting things is that Thunderbolt 3 will be compatible with USB 3.1 Type-C, as both specifications will share the same connector. This means you'll be able to use Thunderbolt ports and cables with USB Type-C devices.

The main reason Intel keeps pushing Thunderbolt is performance. While USB 3.1 offers up to 10Gbps of bandwidth, Intel claims its Thunderbolt 3 will be able to do 40Gbps. The first Thunderbolt 3 products are expected by the end of the year.
In the biggest advancement since its inception, Thunderboltâ„¢ 3 delivers one computer port that connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display and billions of USB devices. For the first time, a single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power. It's unrivaled for new uses, such as 4K video, single-cable docks with charging, external graphics and built-in 10 GbE networking. Initial products are expected to start shipping before the end of this year, with more expected in 2016.



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