Thunderbolt 3 arrives and theconnectoristhe USB Type-C
Duringthe Intel conferenceheld at Computex 2015 by Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general Manager Client Computing Group Intel, somereallyinterestinginformationemergedincludingtheavailabilityfortheendoftheyearof Thunderbolt 3, a connectioninterfacethat will equip high-end devices.
Totellthetruth Thunderbolt, in itsincarnationspriortothe 3 (henceincludingthecurrentone), hasneverenjoyedwidespread. Ifthespecifications in termsofbandwidth and power havealwaysbeenhigherthanthe “rival” USB 3.0, Thunderbolt isactuallyrelegatedto a nichebecauseitisusedonlybysome Apple productowners, whichhasbeenintegrating such doorsforyears.
A lowpenetration on themarkethasas a result also a lowavailabilityofcompatibleproducts, encumberedamongotherthingsbyvery high pricescomparedtothe USB 3.0 counterpartsforroyalties and taxes. Weaddtothis a proprietaryconnector and explainthe high theoreticalliking but poorpracticaluseto Thunderbolt devices also from Apple users, manyofthempragmaticallyturnedto USB 3.0 (spendingless).
Intel, whichweremembertobethecreator and developerof Thunderbolt, triedtogivenewvervetothisinterfacebygoingtoingolosireenthusiastswith a Thunderbolt 3 versionthatappearsconvincing in all pointsofview. The band will bevery high, doublingthatof Thunderbolt 2 and thenarriving at 40 Gigabits per second, ableinteraliatosupply 100w forcharging and 15w fortheuseoftheconnecteddevice, thusmakingunnecessarythe power suppliesunlessyouconnect a microwaveoven (youjoke, but forexampleyoucan also safely power thediskdrive 3.5 inchnormallypoweredexternally).
Ifthebandconvinces, so much so thatyoucan send two separate displaysuncompressed 4k streams, todrawmuchattentionto Thunderbolt 3 istheadoptionofthephysicalport USB Type-C reversible. Doubtsaboutwhatyoucanconnecttothedoor and withwhatprotocols and cables? Theyare also ourdoubts and all tobeclarified in otherlocations, but theslideshown at theeventwouldseemtoindicatethat at thatportyoucanconnect not only Thunderbolt 3 drives but also USB and DisplayPort, thusleavingthemanagementprotocols and theoperatingsystemthetaskofunderstandingwhatisconnected and howtouse it. Itwouldbeveryconvenient, and theuseoftheUSB Type-Cconnectorwouldseemtoconfirm it.