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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Here Comes Thunderbolt 3

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The Thunderbolt technology found on current Macs and high-end peripherals hasn't exactly taken the world by storm.

It's expensive for one thing (those $28 cables are a drag), and you always seem to run out of ports, which means that most systems have to employ some sort of dock, which is another expense.

Thunderbolt is fast though, with the latest Thunderbolt 2 clocking in at 20Gbs, not to mention the ability to supply power and pass hi-def video.

Now comes Thunderbolt 3, with more speed, more pixels, more power, and more protocols supported. It's blazing fast at 40Gbs, can support several 4k monitors, supply up to 100 watts of power, and support Display Port, PCI Express, Thunderbolt and USB 3.1.

What's most significant is that it will use the small USB-C connector instead of the proprietary Thunderbolt connector of the previous versions.

That means that Thunderbolt 3 can now be fitted on many more devices because the connectors will be cheaper and smaller.

Imagine having T-bolt on your phone or tablet. Imagine finally having lots of drives and peripherals that finally take advantage of its speed. Imagine never running out of ports.

Intel, who's behind the technology, says that it expects Thunderbolt 3 products to begin shipping by the end of the  year.

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