Future Macbooks Could Use Intel’s Upcoming Thunderbolt 4 Ports
Intel, at its CES 2020 keynote, has confirmed the existence of Thunderbolt 4 – a successor to the hugely popular Thunderbolt 3 connectivity bridge. With Apple’s MacBook laptops being in the frontline to use the Thunderbolt ports, the future notebooks from Apple may be the first to offer Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Intel’s keynote on CES 2020 was mainly about the Tiger Lake systems – the next-generation platform for the brand’s future CPUs and a successor to the Ice Lake. While revealing the capabilities of the upcoming platform, Intel’s CEO Gregory Bryant, revealed that it will have “4x the throughput of USB 3 with the new integrated Thunderbolt 4,” spilling the beans on the upcoming Thunderbolt 4. Unfortunately, that is all the brand has unveiled about Thunderbolt 4 at the moment.
Later on, Intel confirmed to a few media houses that it was referring to USB 3.2 Gen 2 when it said “4x the throughput of USB 3.” As you might know, the USB 3.2 Gen 2 has a throughput of 10Gbps. So according to Intel’s announcement, the Thunderbolt 4 will have 4x 10Gbps bandwidth. That’s a staggering 40Gbps speed. Oh wait, isn’t that the same throughput as the Thunderbolt 3? Yes, it is. So, isn’t Thunderbolt 4 supposed to be faster? Well, that is what is confusing at the moment.
It is possible that Thunderbolt 4 might bring other technological advancements rather than offering higher data transfer speeds than its predecessor – such as allowing for a higher power supply or maybe working over additional types of USB ports. Hopefully, we will know more about it as the launch of Tiger Lake CPUs nears, which isn’t expected to happen anytime soon.
Our Take: The Thunderbolt 3 connection already has more bandwidth than anyone would ever need. While Thunderbolt 4 might offer additional features, we don’t think it is worth waiting for. What do you expect Thunderbolt 4 to offer? Do let us know in the comments below.
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January 7, 2020 at 09:00PM