Intel revealed additional details about Thunderbolt 4, the next generation of its universal cable connectivity solution.
Thunderbolt 4 promises to deliver increased minimum performance requirements, expanded capabilities and USB4 specification compliance.
Thunderbolt 4 will offer docks with up to four Thunderbolt ports and universal cables up to 2 meters in length.
Intel said its upcoming mobile PC processors — code-named Tiger Lake — will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 4. Intel announced the Thunderbolt 4 controller 8000 series, compatible with Thunderbolt 3 PCs and accessories. Thunderbolt 4 developer kits and certification testing are now available.
The arrival of Thunderbolt 4 underscores how Intel is advancing the PC ecosystem toward truly universal connectivity solutions, says Jason Ziller, Intel general manager of the Client Connectivity Division.
Thunderbolt 4 products will be an inflection point for accessory makers who depend on PCs and Macs to offer an industry-leading set of product capabilities for a consistent user experience. The advancements in Thunderbolt 4 will help Kensington redefine the modern workspace, said Ben Thacker, vice president and general manager at Kensington.
The capabilities and minimum requirements of Thunderbolt 4 will provide great experiences and increased productivity that our IT customers and end users require, said Jerry Paradise, vice president, Commercial Portfolio, Lenovo PC & Smart Devices.