With the specifications released for Thunderbolt 3 by Intel, we're now one step closer to having one compact port that transfers data at up to 40Gbps, powers devices up to 100W, and allows you to display 4K content on up to two displays. Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB-C connector, a reversible connector introduced by the USB group that delivers extra power (up to 5A) and speed (up to 10Gbps). Thunderbolt 3 improves on the transfer speed by delivering up to 40Gbps. That's twice the speed of Thunderbolt 2 and 4 times the speed of Thunderbolt 1. Data transfer can also be done between computers at up to 10Gbps. USB power delivery has increased up to 100W (15W for bus-powered devices), allowing a wider range of devices to be charged. Up to 6 devices can also be daisy chained. 4K content currently is connected via HDMI or DisplayPort 1.2. Thunderbolt 3 has support for up to two 4K displays, offering an alternative connection option with more capabilities currently.
At 40Gbps, users are able to transfer data quickly and efficiently. Have you ever transferred or backed up data over existing USB technology and wished there was a faster way? With Thunderbolt 3, at speeds up to 40Gbps, imagine transferring a 4K movie in less than 30 seconds.
With the power to drive 2 4K displays at up to 60Hz, existing HDMI and DisplayPort technologies will have another player in the market with more capabilities.
One cable can now provide up to 100W of charging, supporting a wider range of devices.
Transfer between Computers
Transfer between computers at up to 10Gbps.
- USB-C reversible connector
- 40Gpbs speeds
- Compatible with existing USB 3.1 devices and cables at up to 10Gbps
- Compatible with DisplayPort 1.2 with connection to DVI, HDMI, and VGA displays via adapters
- Up to 100W of charging, 15W for bus powered devices
- Computer to computer networking up to 10Gbps
- Daisy chain up to six devices