This week, Intel introduced Thunderbolt 4, complete with additional bandwidth to support higher transfer speeds or higher resolution video. The technology will debut alongside Intel’s upcoming ‘Tiger Lake’ CPUs.
Dropping with Thunderbolt 4 is of course, the Thunderbolt Controller 8000 Series, which is said to be backwards compatible with “hundreds of millions of Thundebolt 3 PCs”. Minimum requirements for Thunderbolt 4 PCs are higher though, calling for support for dual 4K displays and 32Gbps of PCIe data transfer speeds. This is significantly higher than what was required for OEMs to support Thunderbolt 3. The new standard does come with support for docks though, allowing up to four Thunderbolt 4 connections.
“Thunderbolt provides consumers with a leading connectivity standard across a range of devices, helping to advance computing experiences and delivering on the promise of USB-C with simplicity, performance and reliability. The arrival of Thunderbolt 4 underscores how Intel is advancing the PC ecosystem toward truly universal connectivity solutions.” said Jason Ziller, Intel general manager of the Client Connectivity Division.
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KitGuru Says: Thunderbolt is a practical solution thanks to it being able to transmit data, video and power using just one USB Type-C port. Have you started taking the step over to USB Type-C?