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:
- JHL8540 and JHL8340 host controllers for computer makers
- 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.
“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.
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.”
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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