Intel officially announced at Computex 2015 today the latest generation of Thunderbolt standard, which will use the USB Type-C connector and support data rates of up to 40Gbps.
Instead of using the Mini DisplayPort connector, Thunderbolt 3 will use the new smaller, reversible USB-C standard and support USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2 and PCI Express 3.0. Thunderbolt 3 also supplies an optional 100W of power for charging devices, in accordance with the USB Power Delivery spec, or up to 15W without USB Power Delivery.
Thunderbolt 3 will support two 4K 60 Hz displays and features built-in 10GbE networking.
“Thunderbolt was developed to simultaneously support the fastest data and most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while also supplying power. Then recently the USB group introduced the USB-C connector, which is small, reversible, fast, supplies power, and allows other I/O in addition to USB to run on it, maximizing its potential. So in the biggest advancement since its inception, Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at 40Gbps, fulfilling its promise, creating one compact port that does it all,” Intel stated in a news release.
Intel says that products with Thunderbolt 3 are expected to start shipping before the end of this year, and ramp in 2016