Intel Thunderbolt 3:40 Gbps and USB Type-C connector
Intel with Thunderbolt 3 hasdecidedtorevolutionizeitsstrategybyadoptingthe Type-C USB connector, already on Apple’s MacBook and otherdevices on themarket, including Chromebooks. The nextversionof Intel Technology aimstooffer a transfer rate of 40 Gbps
Intel hasdecidedtousethe Type-C USB Connector forthenextgenerationof Thunderbolt, withthegoalofunifyingtheports on thecomputers. The Thunderbolt 3 cable will beidenticaltotheonecurrentlysuppliedfor USB-C, whichcantransferthe same amountofdata and energy. However, withrespectto USB C, Thunderbolt 3 will achievehigherthroughput, upto 40 Gbps. The lattervaluerepresentstwicethatof Thunderbolt 2 and fourtimesmorethan USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 1.
The differencebetween a USB-C cable and a Thunderbolt 3 will cover a small logo on theconnector, in the form oflightning. Ofcourse, Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devicescurrently on themarket will becompatiblewith Thunderbolt 3 using a simple adapter.
As farastechnicalspecificationsareconcerned, the Alpine Ridge chipusedallowsboth Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and a USB 3.1 controllertobeavailable. This way, since Thunderbolt and DisplayPort arecompatible, youcan manage uptotwo 4k screens at 60 Hz. Also, asisalreadythecasetoday, youcan manage sixcascaded Thunderbolt (daisy Chain) devices on a singleport.
Withregardto Thunderbolt 3 debut, Intel believesthatthefirstproductswiththisnewtechnology will bemadeavailablebytheendoftheyear and in thefirstmonthsof 2016. Now, in fact, Intel activelysupportsthe USB type-C standardallowingyoutounderstandhow in thefuturethere will beroomfor a single type ofportto manage multiple devices. By doing so, the end user will not befacedwith a high leveloffragmentationasithappened in thepastwith USB, FireWire and Thunderbolt.
Intel’sdecisionpavesthewayforthesuccessof USB-C and it will beinterestingtounderstandthetimingwithwhichthefirstaccessoriescompatiblewith USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 are also comingtomarket.