Intel Publishes Details About its ‘Truly Universal’ Thunderbolt 4 Standard

Intel has today shared some new details about its next-generation Thunderbolt 4 cable connectivity solution, which promises to offer increased minimum performance requirements, expanded capabilities, and USB4 specification compliance. 

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While Intel’s ‘truly universal’ Thunderbolt 4 standard isn’t technically faster than Thunderbolt 3 and offers the same ‘up to 40 gigabit per second speeds,’ it does support PCIe data speeds up to 32 Gb/s, which is twice as fast as before.

Intel says Thunderbolt 4 will offer docks with up to four Thunderbolt ports and universal cables up to 2 meters in length. The standard is also fully compatible with prior generations of Thunderbolt and USB products.

“We expect Thunderbolt 4 products to be an inflection point for accessory makers who depend on PCs and Macs to offer an industry-leading set of product capabilities for a consistent user experience. The advancements in Thunderbolt 4 will help Kensington redefine the modern workspace of the future,” said Ben Thacker, vice president and general manager at Kensington.

Intel’s upcoming mobile PC processors, code-named “Tiger Lake,” will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 4. Thunderbolt 4 developer kits and certification testing are now available.

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