Apple 28 Apr
Intel together with USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) has come up with an interesting technology bringing an upgrade in ‘do it all’ cables with the release of USB4. The new technology that is formally named as USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 offers a data transfer rate of up to 40Gbps, allowing a single cable empowered to handle multiple data and simultaneous display streams.
USB4 would surely be backward compatible and are based upon Thunderbolt 3 protocol that Intel earlier contributed as a royalty-free program. To put the power of USB4 in perspective, it could support two 4K displays at 60Hz.
To hit the maximum seems, you’d required USB-C to USB-C cables as USB-A doesn’t offer enough connectors to support maximum speeds. USB4 certification is being contributed by over 50 companies that are expected to be published in the middle of 2019. While the technology continues to run far ahead of the mainstream implementation, USB4 could take years before it could be adopted in everyday use which is quite clear by USB 3.2 which hasn’t yet adopted widely even though it got introduced two years back.
Currently, Thunderbolt is being used by Apple though Intel together Microsoft is working on to bring its support on Windows 10 and Linus based computers.