Intel announces next-generation Thunderbolt 4 cable connectivity solution

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Intel’s new Thunderbolt 4 solution delivers increased minimum performance requirements, expanded capabilities and USB4 specification compliance. For the first time, Thunderbolt 4 will allow docks with up to four Thunderbolt ports and universal cables up to 2 meters in length.

Notable upgrades

Building on the innovation of Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 always delivers 40Gb/s speeds and data, video and power over a single connection. It is compliant across the broadest set of industry-standard specifications including USB4, DisplayPort and PCI Express (PCIe).

The most notable upgrades Thunderbolt 4 brings

In essence, Thunderbolt 4 doubles the minimum video and data requirements of Thunderbolt 3. It supports two 4K displays or one 8K display alongside PCIe at 32Gbps for storage speeds up to 3,000 MB/s. Furthermore, it will also bring PC charging on at least one computer port so long as less than 100W of power is required.

Clutter-free workspace

With the consistent and industry-leading features of Thunderbolt 4, you can benefit by using just USB Type-C port. This means your workspace remains clutter-free and that you experience a best-in-class experience. By working closely with manufacturers, Intel also ensures mandatory certification for all Thunderbolt products.

When is it coming?

Intel’s upcoming mobile PC processors, code-named ‘Tiger Lake’ will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 4. Furthermore, Intel also expects to deliver the new Thunderbolt 4 controller 8000 series, compatible with many Thunderbolt 3 PCs and accessories already available. The first computers and accessories with Thunderbolt 4 ports are expected later this year including laptops based on Intel’s innovation program code-named ‘Project Athena’.