Intel chooses USB Type-C for Thunderbolt 3
Forthethirdgenerationof Thunderbolt technology, Intel haschosenthe USB Type-C connector and has a bandwidthrangeof 40 Gbps.
At Computex 2015, Intel introduced Thunderbolt 3, thenewversionoftechnologythatallowsyoutoconnect external devices and monitorstocomputers and notebooks, combining PCI Express and DisplayPort signals. However, thehighertransfer rate is not theonlydifferencecomparedtopreviousgenerations. Intel hasindeedreplacedthe mini DisplayPort connectorwith a USB Type-C connector.
Thunderbolt 3 couldthereforebecomethe definitive standard, asitaddscompatibilityforbillionsof USB devices. The new Alpine Ridge controllerisintegratedintotheterminalpartofthecable, wherethe USB 3.1 controllerhasbeeninserted. The newversionof Thunderbolt thenoffers a two-waybandwidthofupto 40 Gbps (twiceas high as Thunderbolt 2) and a maximum power of 100 watts, enoughtodirectly power theconnecteddevices.
Thunderbolt 3 supportsuptotwo 4k @ 60hz monitorsor a 5k @ 60hz Monitor on a singlecable. The technologynativelysupportsthe DisplayPort 1.2 standard, and an adapterisrequiredfor HDMI 2.0. Thunderbolt 3 also allowsthedirecttransferofdatabetweencomputers, thankstothepossibilityofestablishing a peer-to-peerconnectionto 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
The firstcompatibleproducts will arrive on themarketbetween end 2015 and beginning 2016. Forcurrent Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices, you will needtopurchase a mini DisplayPort/USB Type-C adapter. Due tothereducedsizeoftheconnector (only 3 millimeters in height), Thunderbolt 3 couldbeintegratedintofuturetablets.