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Thunderbolt 3 to Support USB-C, Transfer Speeds up to 40Gbps

Thunderbolt 3 to Support USB-C, Transfer Speeds up to 40Gbps

Intel today at Computex 2015 unveiled Thunderbolt 3 with a USB Type-C connector, no longer supporting the Mini DisplayPort connector, instead offering support for USB-C offering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.

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AppleInsider:

Thunderbolt 3 will be a “superset” for USB 3.1, which runs at 10Gbps. Using a standard USB-C cable, Thunderbolt 3 will offer transfer speeds of twice that, at 20Gbps.

Users who spring for a high-end active copper USB-C cable can see up to 40Gbps transfer speeds over Thunderbolt 3. Optical cables offering the same high speeds, but over longer distances, are expected to hit shelves next year.

Thunderbolt 3 will also simultaneously support DisplayPort 1.2, third-generation PCI Express, along with support for power supplies for recharging notebooks at up to 100 watts. Thunderbolt 3 can also Рvia an active copper cable Рsupport dual 4K monitors, along with 10-gigabit Ethernet.

Computers supporting Thunderbolt 3 are expected to hit the market later this year, although they will likely require Intel’s next-generation Skylake processor platform.

Apple already supports the USB-C connector with its 12-inch MacBook, released earlier this year. It is likely that Thunderbolt 3 compatible USB-C ports will find their way into Apple’s lineup, alongside the Skylake processors.

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