Thunderbolt 3 and USB standard integration into next-generation USB4 ports


Thunderbolt 3 and USB standard integration into next-generation USB4 ports

Thunderbolt 3 and USB standard integration into next-generation USB4 ports

The Thunderbolt 3 port on laptop or desktop computers is a versatile connector that can connect any peripheral device with incredible speed. 40 Gbps to keep in communication with the system and, at the same time, provide enough energy to charge the battery of that device. >Intel is that until recently, only a few PC manufacturers had the possibility to use this standard in their products without paying the right of ownership of the manufacturing company. Therefore, this communication port is not known in other computers except in expensive and flagship computers. All MAC laptops are equipped with this port, and Intel says that about 400 personal computer models also have these high-speed ports; But still many personal computers, especially cheaper ones, do not have such a port.

The happy news is that Intel has promised for some time to finally give up the right to own the Thunderbolt 3 port and make it available to PC manufacturers for free, and the latest news indicates that this powerful port will be combined with the USB.

It is rumored that this high-speed data exchange standard will be merged with a new brand of USB called USB4. So, with this latest welcome development of the USB standard, another name is added to the long list of former USB port names that desktop and laptop computer vendors should consider.

Communication standard USB4, scheduled for release this year, will include the best parts of both the Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type C standards. With such a port, the data transfer speed of external storage equipment will reach 40 Gbps, which is 8 times the speed of the USB 3.0 port. Therefore, it will be possible to exchange video signals to connect to external monitors, as well as enough energy to charge small devices such as mobile phones and tablets and even larger devices such as laptops through this port. An industry association consisting of brilliant brands such as Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft and other companies, the new USB4 port will have more capabilities compared to the current Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C combination ports. In its statement, this association says that with optimization, it is possible to increase the performance level of this port to double the current level. While this port will be fully compatible with the older USB3.2 and USB2 and Thunderbolt 3 standards.

If the new USB4 standard brings together the best technologies of current ports and transfers them all to a single connector that, thanks to the removal of the ownership rights of the Thunderbolt 3 port, can now be installed even in the cheapest computers; So, it is reasonable to think about the existence of this port in the first upgrade of our personal computers.

Although there is hope for the supply of such a port, on the other hand, the dominance of the new port in future personal computers seems a little unlikely; Because the separate standards of Thunderbolt 3 and USB will not be removed and will continue to work. Intel has big plans for Thunderbolt 3 and wants to bundle it with its next-generation Ice Lake processor chip, and we’ll likely continue to see Thunderbolt 3 ports advertised for years to come.

There is a similar issue with USB ports. It was just a few weeks ago that the USB Implementers Association, a separate community from the USB Developers Group, announced the integration of current USB titles with the new USB 3.2 standard. This means that the older USB 3 standard with a speed of 5 Gbps will be renamed to USB 3.2 Gen 1, and at the same time, the USB 3.1 standard with a data transfer speed equal to 10 Gbps will be known as USB 3.2 Gen 2. In addition, the latest USB standard, namely USB 3.2, will be defined and released with a speed of 20 Gb/s as USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. All of these ports will be available to PC manufacturers with their own specifications, plus the new USB4 port. This means that shoppers will be looking for flagship PCs with integrated Thunderbolt 3 processors and USB 4 and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports in a chaotic market.

  • With the introduction of the USB 3.2 standard, previous titles It integrates USB 3.0 and USB 3.1
  • Intel provides Thunderbolt technology for free Puts manufacturers

Also in another perspective, it is likely that some manufacturers of personal computers and peripherals will add to this confusion and use their traditional naming conventions and even apply The color codes of these communication ports will be used in different ways. For example, by default, Thunderbolt 3 ports are often marked with the Thunderbolt logo, and most USB 3 ports are blue; However, in some devices such as Razer laptops, green color is considered for these ports.

Ultimately, as Jason Ziller, General Manager of Customer Relations at Intel says, removing Intel’s control over the Thunderbolt 3 standard and releasing it to the public is a turning point for making the simplest and most inclusive communication port for everyone. This port itself may be offered away from any complexity; But still, it will not simplify the work of buyers about the communication ports needed for their personal computers despite all those names.

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