Meet The Game Changer: Intel Introduces Thunderbolt 3 With Reversible USB Type-C Port

If you are looking for an interface that uses identical USB-C port design, then here’s the new product from Intel chip maker that doubles the speed of Thunderbolt 2, and of course supports dual 4K 60Hz displays. Meet Thunderbolt 3, Intel has unveiled all about the newer version at the ComputerX expo, which could be a port that best serves Apple’s single I/O vision of the MacBook’s future. Thunderbolt 3 uses reversible USB-C connector, which includes USB 3.1 support, as well as increasing data transfer speed over its predecessor by 100% to 40Gbps simultaniously. More details on the Intel’s new Thunderbolt 3 specs with USB-C port can be found right here.


The next laptop you buy with a USB Type-C port could be even more useful than you thought. Thunderbolt 3 with an identical port design could adopt the port and enable both the Thunderbolt and USB Type-C without any adopters, and could make it accessible to a larger group of people than before. Supporting a 40 Gbps connection over Thunderbolt, which is double the speed of Thunderbolt 2.0, 10 Gbps USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2, which the Thunderbolt 3 also capable of up to 100W of power transfer using the USB Power Delivery specification. Support for USB 3.1 means that it will work with current USB-C cables for connecting accessories and adapters.

First and foremost time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. With a single cable, can provide four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other choice. The original incarnation used Mini DisplayPort, the Thunderbolt 3 can support additional dual 4K 60Hz displays, and it can be used to port for regular USB work, which should come in handy when connecting older accessories.


Thunderbolt 3 can offer significant advantages to pro users who still operating as a standard connection port for everyday devices, especially as more manufacturers move to use USB-C and USB 3.1 external hard drives and flash volumes. The reversible port’s use of USB-C also offers precious component space savings over the current Thunderbolt connector space. Products built to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 specifications will work with Thunderbolt 3 via an adapter.


Thunderbolt 3 – Key Features

  • Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, and power on USB-C
  • USB-C connector and cables (small, reversible)
  • 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 – double the speed of Thunderbolt 2
  • Bi-directional, dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort), 4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3
  • 8 lanes of DisplayPort 1.2 (HBR2 and MST) – Supports two 4K displays (4096 x 2160 30bpp @ 60 Hz)
  • USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) – compatible with existing USB devices and cables
  • DisplayPort 1.2 – compatible with existing DisplayPort displays, devices, and cables
  • Connect DVI, HDMI, and VGA displays via adapters
  • Power (based on USB power delivery) – Up to 100W system charging, 15W to bus-powered devices
  • Thunderbolt Networking – 10Gb Ethernet connection between computers
  • Daisy chaining (up to six devices)
  • Lowest latency for PCI Express audio recording

Intel says the first Thunderbolt 3 products should ship later this year. Means before the end of 2015 or indeed expected in 2016.

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