Intel Will Use USB Type-C Connector for Thunderbolt 3

Intel Will Use USB Type-C Connector for Thunderbolt 3

MSI Show off USB 3.1 and reversible USB Type-C

Intel Will Use USB Type-C Connector for Thunderbolt 3


The USB Type-C connector fixes many problems that the USB Standard has had from the start, it is reversible, so it no longer takes 3 attempts to use correctly, it is small, making it suitable for phones, high speed memory sticks and everything in between and it is fast, as it can be used with the USB 3.1 standard (though it is possible to get cheaper USB 2.0 and 3.0 speed cables).

Intel has seen the potential in USB's Type C connector and they say that they will be using it for Thunderbolt 3,  which is Intel's ultra fast cable standard which is up to 4x faster than even USB's 3.1 standard, which is only being introduced into motherboards now. 


Intel Will Use USB Type-C Connector for Thunderbolt 3  


 The only visual difference between a Thunderebolt 3 cable and a ordinary USB Type-C is the Lightning logo on the connector, both cables will support the same power and data transfers in USB 3.1 mode, but the lightning connector will be able to support much higher transfer speeds when acting in Thunderbolt mode. 


Intel Will Use USB Type-C Connector for Thunderbolt 3  

Intel's current Thunderbolt  and Thinderbolt 2 devices and cables can be used with a Thunderbolt 3 port through the use of an adapter. Intel expects to see the first Thunderbolt 3 devices shipping by the end of this year and become readily available in 2016.

Rather than competing with USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Intel has decided to assimilate it into Thunderbolt 3, allowing thunderbolt devices to use USB, but operate at faster Thunderbolt speeds when used with the correct connector.


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Posted by OC3D on Tuesday, 2 June 2015
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02-06-2015, 11:49:20

Call me crazy but this might work. If, till today, the different conenctor has limited thunderbolt, now it can unleash its true mighty. Homologating with the type C standard I think many thunderbolt cables can be sold to people who don't mind spending a little bit more on a new cable, but don't want buying a new motherboard with a thunderbolt in or an add-in card. Thumbs up for Intel.Quote

02-06-2015, 11:52:55

From my understadning I thought USB C and Thunderbolt 3 where the same thing except for one thing which was Thunderbolt 3 also support 10gigabit ethernet?Quote

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