Intel revealed on Wednesday, July 8, the details of its Thunderbolt 4. The tech company boasts that this technology will advance the PC ecosystem with universal connectivity. The Intel Newsroom first reported Thunderbolt 4's details, including increased minimum performance requirements, USB4 specification compliance, and expanded capabilities will bring universal cable connectivity solutions. 

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According to CNET, the big reveal comes six months after Thunderbolt 4 was announced during CES 2020 in January. The giant manufacturer claimed that it is the most complete and future-proof USB-C version currently developed.

It will be the first time for Intel to offer docks with up to four Thunderbolt ports and universal cables up to 2 meters in length. Thunderbolt 4 will be first integrated into Intel's upcoming mobile PC processors, code-named "Tiger Lake." Thunderbolt 4 can transfer data at a speed of 40Gbps, just like Thunderbolt 3, but it will be a better version since the data, and minimum video requirements are doubled. It has PCI Express at 32Gbps for storage speed up to 3,000Mbps and video support for one 8K display or two 4K displays.

Is it really the best USB-C version?

Intel's Thunderbolt 4 is not only compatible with previous Thunderbolt products, but also with other previous generations of USB. With this capability, multiple USB ports can be replaced with one Thunderbolt 4 port, simplifying other ports on PCs and laptops; the same goes with cables since multiple USB cables can be replaced by one Thunderbolt 4 cable.

 "Thunderbolt provides consumers with a leading connectivity standard across a range of devices, helping to advance computing experiences and delivering on the promise of USB-C with simplicity, performance, and reliability," said Intel general manager the Client Connectivity Division, Jason Ziller.

"Thunderbolt 4 underscores how Intel is advancing the PC ecosystem toward truly universal connectivity solutions," he added.

An Apple spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement that the company has partnered with Intel, over a decade ago, to develop and design Thunderbolt, claiming that its customers are enjoying the flexibility and speed it brings to every Mac device today.

Increase productivity for PC users is also expected by Lenovo from Thunderbolt 4, as mentioned by the VP of the Lenovo PC and Smart Devices commercial portfolio, Jerry Paradise. Currently, Intel is offering Thunderbolt certification testing and developer kits. This year, the Thunderbolt 4 controller 8000 series will be available for accessory makers and computer makers. The company also expects to launch the first devices with Thunderbolt 4, including its code-named Project Athena laptops.

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