Intel unveils Thunderbolt 3 with reversible USB 3.1 support and 40 Gbps speeds.


If you’re not first, you’re last. And when speed matters and time is precious, every MB/s is dearly wanted. And at Computex 2015, Intel took the veil off their next-gen Thunderbolt 3 update. And as future proofing lovers go, we’re pretty excited to see Thunderbolt 3’s specs.

Specifically, Thunderbolt 3 is based on the reversible USB 3.1 spec as well as bumping top transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps (up from Thunderbolt 2’s 20 Gbps max). And since it’s USB 3.1, it means the power rating is set at 100W meaning reliable charging for mobile devices and laptops alike. Intel says that Thunderbolt 3 is powerful enough

For Windows and Apple users alike, USB Type C/3.1/Thunderbolt 3 looks to be a very nice mash up that will finally allow a single port/cable to do a ton of stuff across multiple platforms. The only downside is the inevitable wait, with Intel putting availability at “later this year” and full-scale production taking off in 2016.

We don’t know about you, but we’re soooo over having to care about which cable we’re caring/using. Bring on Thunderbolt 3!


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