Intel unveils new Thunderbolt prototype to enhance the current technology and continue to evolve to meet new display standards and certifications
Introducing faster Thunderbolt connections will supply the demand from power users, streamers, content creators, and gamers searching for the best displays and enhanced immersion, offering low latency images and video and an increasingly higher resolution. Another improvement of the technology is access to faster-transmitted data and larger file sizes. Some of the highlighted & new features include:
- Two times the total bandwidth of Thunderbolt 4 to 80 Gbps, while providing up to three times the bandwidth of 120 Gbps for video-intensive usages.
- Support for the newly released DisplayPort 2.1 for the best display experience.
- Two times the PCI Express data throughput for faster storage and external graphics.
- Works with existing passive cables up to 1m via a new signaling technology.
- Compatible with previous versions of Thunderbolt, USB, and DisplayPort.
- Supported by Intel’s enabling and certification programs.
However, the bandwidth is not unidirectional but bi-directional, which opens up to 120Gbps to provide the best viewing experience on display. This new bi-directional bandwidth technology will perform three times better than previous generations.
Intel has always been the industry pioneer and leader for wired connectivity solutions, and Thunderbolt is now the mainstream port on mobile PCs and integrated into three generations of Intel mobile CPUs. We’re very excited to lead the industry forward with the next generation of Thunderbolt built on the USB4 v2 specification, advanced to this next generation by Intel and other USB Promoter Group members.
—Jason Ziller, general manager of the Client Connectivity Division, Intel
The new Thunderbolt will offer increased PCIe data throughput — up to two times faster — to increase the efficiency of storage and graphics from external sources. The prototype is also shown to be capable of compatibility with previous versions of Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, and USB. Thunderbolt will also continue to work with existing passive cables (up to one meter) through a new signaling technology developed by Intel. The new technology will also support the enablement and certification of Intel's programs.
The company has continued to work closely with several of its partners, from cable, PC, and accessory companies, to enhance the new Thunderbolt technology, which was the basis for the USB4 standards currently set.
News Source: Intel Newsroom