Intel incorporates type-C compatible "Thunderbolt 3" in CPU and announces royalty free, how it will be useful with spreading Thunderbolt

High-speed data transmission technology developed by IntelThunderbolt 3"Chip in the CPU, further announced that the specification of the protocol will be released & royalty free and will be provided free of charge to third parties. High-performance Thunderbolt 3 standard that is compatible with USB and capable of high-speed transmission and feeding as high as 40 Gbps at maximum can spread at once.

Envision a World with Thunderbolt 3 Technology Everywhere

Thunderbolt 3 is a data transmission standard developed by Intel with a data transfer rate of up to 40 Gbps. Since USB 3.1 (Gen 2) has a maximum of 10 Gbps, high-speed data transmission that is four times that of USB is possible.

For example, if notebook PC corresponds to Thunderbolt 3, high-speed data transfer with mass storage is possible. In addition, the Thunderbolt 3 standard has power supply capability similarly to the USB standard, so it is unnecessary to supply an AC adapter or power supply cable to the external storage, and it can be handled with one Thunderbolt cable. When the movie becomes 4K picture quality, it is required to handle large capacity data, but if you can transfer at 40Gbps you can greatly reduce the time it takes to exchange data.

In addition, since Thunderbolt 3 standard is an upward compatible standard such as Thunderbolt 2 including DisplayPort and PCI Express Gen 3, it can be used for connection with high resolution display such as 4K (3840 × 2160) and external graphic board.

Thunderbolt 3 connected external graphic board BOX - GIGAZINE which can dramatically increase the graphic performance of notebook PC with one cable

Maximum power supply performance of Thunderbolt 3 standard is 100 W (Maximum 15 W with bus power to terminals). High-speed charging of mobile terminals and charging of the notebook PC itself are also possible. With many devices it is possible to change the connector of the charging AC adapter to Type-C for Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt 3 has the same interface shape as USB type-C and is compatible with USB, so utilize many already popular USB assets and use high-speed data transmission and high speed power supply for new terminals can.

As mentioned above, Thunderbolt 3 is superior to USB in terms of performance, but because it requires a controller compatible with Thunderbolt 3 on the PC side to use it, it is adopted for high priced products such as Apple Mac Staying, it was in the present situation that diffusion will not progress as soon as possible.

To overcome this situation and make Thunderbolt 3 more popular, Intel announced that it is planning to incorporate Thunderbolt 3 chips into the CPU in the future. This makes it possible to use Thunderbolt 3 if the terminal side is equipped with a corresponding Type - C interface without installing a Thunderbolt 3 chip, so it is possible to use Thunderbolt 3 for low cost notebook PCs and desktop PCs that can not mount dedicated chips It seems to be able to support it. Intel also said that by having the Thunderbolt 3 function on the CPU side, Intel said that it can save power compared to mounting a dedicated chip on the motherboard, so it is expected that laptop battery battery life will be extended and further thinning will be expected is. By the way, Windows 10 is a large update "Creators Update"Thunderbolt 3's plug and play support has been strengthened, so it seems that Thunderbolt 3 correspondence will be advanced even with peripheral devices of Windows PC.

In addition, Intel plans to offer Thunderbolt 3 protocol specifications to third parties in royalty fili in 2018. This will allow chipmakers other than Intel to manufacture and sell Thunderbolt 3 compatible chips without paying the license fee, so it is expected that the number of products supporting Thunderbolt 3 will increase and that the spread of the Thunderbolt 3 standard will accelerate .

in Hardware, Posted by darkhorse_log