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Intel now introduces Thunderbolt 4: Here’s everything you must know

Intel’s upcoming mobile PC processors, code-named 'Tiger Lake,' will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 4.

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Intel revealed new details about Thunderbolt 4 that will offer docks with up to four Thunderbolt ports and universal cables up to 2 meters in length. Intel’s upcoming mobile PC processors, code-named “Tiger Lake,” will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 4.  According to Intel, Thunderbolt 4 controller 8000 series comprises of:

  1. JHL8540 and JHL8340 host controllers for computer makers
  2. JHL8440 device controller for accessory makers

As per Intel: The first computers and accessories with Thunderbolt 4 ports are also expected to be available this year, including laptops based on Intel’s innovation program code-named “Project Athena.’’ Besides this, the tech company also notified that Thunderbolt 4 developer kits and certification testing are now available.

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“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. The arrival of Thunderbolt 4 underscores how Intel is advancing the PC ecosystem toward truly universal connectivity solutions,” said Jason Ziller, Intel general manager of the Client Connectivity Division.

Intel claims Thunderbolt products deliver a consistent, industry-leading set of capabilities for connecting computers to data, video and power with the simplicity of just one USB Type-C port. In order to get access to a clutter-free workspace, Intel asserts that one can connect to powerful Thunderbolt docks, displays, fast storage or any USB accessory.

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Furthermore, Intel works closely with its ecosystem of computer, accessory and cable partners to employ mandatory certification for all Thunderbolt products. With this, Intel ensures a consistent best-in-class1 experience and ease of use across a wide range of product types and manufacturers.

Asserting that the new capabilities of Thunderbolt 4 will provide great experiences and increased productivity that the IT customers and end users require, Jerry Paradise, vice president, Commercial Portfolio, Lenovo PC & Smart Devices, said, “Lenovo is excited to work with Intel to expand our support of Thunderbolt with the introduction of Thunderbolt 4 PCs and the expanding portfolio of Thunderbolt accessories.”

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Moreover, Intel reveals Thunderbolt 4 is created on the innovation of Thunderbolt 3 for a truly universal cable connectivity experience. It always delivers 40Gbps speeds and data, video and power over a single connection. It is the most comprehensive Thunderbolt specification yet with compliance across the broadest set of industry-standard specifications that includes USB4, DisplayPort and PCI Express (PCIe). It is fully compatible with prior generations of Thunderbolt and USB products.

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