Intel’s Next-Gen Thunderbolt Can Hit 120 Gbps

by Laiba Nasir

Intel’s Next-Gen Thunderbolt Can Hit 120 Gbps

Intel’s Next-Gen Thunderbolt Can Hit 120 Gbps Succeeds

After the release of USB 4 version 2, Intel is providing more information on its upcoming Thunderbolt port. The company has claimed that this new launch will comply with the USB Implementer Forum’s specification and support DisplayPort 2.1. The business showed the new Thunderbolt connector’s 80 GBps connection, which is twice as fast as Thunderbolt 4, at Intel’s Development Center in Haifa, Israel. Currently, Intel has a new demonstration that allows for 120 Gbps in “video-intensive usages,” which is cautiously referred to as a “prototype”. 

The new Thunderbolt link, which Intel has not yet named but has reserved the names Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt 3, and Thunderbolt 4, distributes its lanes equally to allow for simultaneous transmission and reception of up to 80 Gbps. However, the new interface can partially replace the transmission-based connection when used with a display that needs more bandwidth (such as an 8K monitor), reducing the amount of data you can receive and pushing more. 

Similar asymmetrical signal interfaces that deliver 120 Gbps transmission and 40 Gbps in the other direction were previously announced by the USB-IF. Therefore, we’ll check back later to see if there are any discrepancies in how they operate. Like Thunderbolt, USB 4 will also perform at 80 Gbps. The fact that Thunderbolt is “aligned” with the most current USB specification is mentioned by Intel. Still, it’s also evident that the corporation believes Thunderbolt is a more certain thing. 

Although the corporation has a PowerPoint explaining all of the “optional” capabilities of USB 4, including any speeds beyond 20 Gbps, the next-generation Thunderbolt will continually require 80 Gbps speeds and up to 120 Gbps for specific video workloads. Thunderbolt will, according to Intel, give you a better user experience and more reliable results. Additionally, the new Thunderbolt connectors are made to support up to twice as much PCI Express data speed as earlier specifications, which should enable better gameplay. 

They are also made to operate with passive cables that are already available on the market and are up to one meter in length. Several new emblems representing the various speeds that cables and accessories can support are part of the USB 4 Version 2 project. How many manufacturers will actually use them is the question. However, Intel hasn’t given this new Thunderbolt version a name, so it’s unclear how the company plans to promote the new connection and highlight its benefits. 

Most laptops, including Windows PCs, Linux computers, Macs, and Chromebooks, have Thunderbolt technology. However, Intel owns the rights to Thunderbolt connections, and the name Thunderbolt has been used by very few products that don’t have Intel processors.

Laiba Nasir

Laiba Nasir is an experienced technical content writer at GamingDairy and PCIdeaz. She is quite attached to technology, experimenting, and trying new inventions. In addition, she has been writing all types of new, guides, tutorials, and tips for gamers, tech enthusiasts, and computer users to let them know more about tech evolution.