What if a USB cable could provide the same smooth, fast data transfer speeds as a Thunderbolt port? If that excites you, wait until you meet the USB4, the next generation of mobile devices and PCs.
USB4 will deliver data at incredible speeds when it’s connected via USB cables on compatible devices: up to 40 Gigabits per second. Intel has created the Thunderbolt 3 for the USB group, and USB4 bases its technology on Intel’s advanced tech. Thunderbolt 3 will be available to use royalty-free.
USB Implementers Forum released a press release explaining that they’re built in; this next logical step for the Universal Serial Bus tech will mean that Thunderbolt will become a more affordable tech for manufacturers to include in their devices.
Android Central explains that the sky is the limit; devices could include 100 watts of on-demand power, support for up to eight lanes of DisplayPort data, and 40Gbps transfer rates. Two 4K HDR displays, at 60 HZ each, or a 5K display could be supported fully.
This will mean that two 4K HDR displays at 60 Hz or one 5K display would be fully supported. If the tech becomes more affordable to include n devices, it will definitely bring down purchasing costs for devices supporting USB4.
As Jason Ziller, Intel’s General Manager of Client Connectivity explains, “Releasing the Thunderbolt protocol specification is a significant milestone for making today’s simplest and most versatile port available to everyone. By collaborating with the USB Promoter Group, we’re opening the doors for innovation across a wide range of devices and increasing compatibility to deliver better experiences to consumers.”
To fully benefit from the max data transfer speed, you will need to have cables that are 40Gbs-certified; these are USBC to USBC only. The USB4 will be fully compatible to all Thunderbird 3 devices and all USB specifications.
Microsoft, HP, Intel, and Apple are among the 50 tech companies that are going to be taking part in a final review of USB4 tech. They will release the specs around mid-year. The exciting part of these companies taking part in the testing is that it is predicted that they will use these new specifications when they do become available.
The USB4 is expected to be released next year.