The change has been coming and in case you hadn’t noticed it, the dream of having a one-cable future looks a lot real now than never before.
The world has dawned to a new type of technology that powers today’s USB ports and it’s known as USB Type-C. There is no doubt that USB-C, the small reversible USB port that is available on the new Apple MacBook as well as Google’s Chromebook Pixel 2, is still fresh in your mind. Well, the intention of this discovery was mainly to replace the entirety of your connections, be it display, data, charging or any other connection.
There is even much better news as this USB-C technology has recently received a major boost in its hunt towards becoming the future of connections. The technology has been upgraded in the recent past, picking Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 transfer protocol along the way. Being a new update, you will only find these ports on a handful of devices, among them the recent (October) releases from Dell that include XPS 15, XPS 13 as well as XPS 12 computers.
Intel calls this transfer protocol port nirvana and according to the chip maker, this technology has the ability to transfer data with speeds of up to 40Gbps (gigabits per second). This is twice the speed exhibited by Thunderbolt 2 as well as four times the speed supplied by USB 3.1, which can manage maximum speeds of about 10Gbps. In short, the new Thunderbolt 3-based USB Type-C ports will be able to transfer 4K-quality videos in just 30 or less seconds.
Furthermore, the reports reveal that the new Thunderbolt 3 has the ability to simultaneously power two 4K-quality displays at frequencies of 60Hz as well as quick-charge notebooks at up to 100W.
A fruitful mission
The mission of having a one-cable future started back in 2011, when the first USB Type-C was integrated with Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 followed later. All of these updates appeared in both of Apple’s MacBook as well as Mac PCs. Now that Thunderbolt 3 has been integrated into this technology, there is no doubt that this is a big win for Intel towards achieving the goals of the one-port mission.
Ever since its discovery, it has never been easy for Thunderbolt to live up to its expectations, especially when it comes to professional setups where fast data transfer speeds are needed. However, now that the technology has been integrated into USB Type-C, there is a possibility that it could make its way into more mainstream computing.