Intel unveils next-generation Thunderbolt based on USB4 v2 and DisplayPort 2.1 specifications
Intel leads the industry with next-generation Thunderbolt
Intel is demonstrating an early prototype for next-generation Thunderbolt based on the recently released USB4 v2 and DisplayPort 2.1 specifications.
What’s new: Intel demonstrated an early prototype of next-generation Thunderbolt™ in action, compliant with the release of the USB4 v2 specification at the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) this week. Next-generation Thunderbolt will deliver 80 gigabits per second (Gbps) of bi-directional bandwidth and enable up to 120 Gbps for the best display experience, providing up to three times the ability of today’s technologies to meet the growing needs of content creators and gamers. , while maintaining compatibility with previous versions of Thunderbolt and USB.
“Intel has always been an industry pioneer and leader for wired connectivity solutions, and Thunderbolt is now a major port on mobile PCs and integrated into three generations of Intel mobile CPUs. We are very excited to lead the industry forward with the next generation of Thunderbolt built on the USB4 v2 specification, which Intel and other members of the USB Promoter Group have advanced into this next generation.”
– Jason Ziller, General Manager of Client Connectivity at Intel
Why it matterss: This prototype demonstration marks a major milestone on the road to delivering next-generation Thunderbolt to the industry. The bandwidth needs of content creators and gamers increase significantly for high-resolution displays, low-latency visuals, and the backup or transfer of huge video and data files. Next-generation Thunderbolt will deliver up to three times the capabilities of Thunderbolt™ 4 and make creating and gaming more efficient and immersive. In addition to supporting the latest version of USB4, the next generation of Thunderbolt will include improvements in a variety of areas including:
- Double the total bandwidth of Thunderbolt 4 up to 80 Gbps, while providing up to three times the bandwidth up to 120 Gbps for video intensive use.
- Support for the new DisplayPort 2.1 for the best display experience.
- Twice the PCI Express data throughput for faster storage and external graphics.
- Works with existing passive cables up to 1m via new signaling technology.
- Backward compatible with Thunderbolt, USB and DisplayPort.
- Supported by Intel’s enablement and certification programs.
How Thunderbolt is driving the industry: With a vision to make Thunderbolt accessible to everyone, in 2019 Intel contributed to the USB Promoter Group’s Thunderbolt protocol specification, which served as the foundation for USB4. As a leader in this industry group, Intel has worked to increase the performance of USB4 to the next level.
Intel has a long history of leading the industry in I/O innovation. Intel works closely with PC, accessory and cable partners to deliver the most advanced and complete wired connectivity solution through dedicated enablement and testing programs. All Thunderbolt products undergo rigorous certification testing, and after passing can use the Thunderbolt name and logo free of charge on devices or in marketing. That’s why the Thunderbolt logo provides a simple, easily recognizable indicator of the best wired connectivity solutions for PCs and peripherals.
What’s next: Look for more details on the official next-generation Thunderbolt brand name, features and capabilities in 2023.
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