Intel takes steps to enable Thunderbolt 3 everywhere, releases protocol

Intel takes steps to enable Thunderbolt 3 everywhere, releases protocol

Intel’s upcoming 10nm processor code-named “Ice Lake” will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 3
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Intel is well on its way to making the innovation delivered with Thunderbolt™ 3 available to everyone. Intel announced that it contributed the Intel Thunderbolt protocol specification to the USB Promoter Group, enabling other chip makers to build Thunderbolt compatible silicon, royalty-free. In addition, the USB Promoter Group announced the pending release of the USB4 specification, based on the Thunderbolt protocol. The convergence of the underlying Thunderbolt and USB protocols will increase compatibility among USB Type-C connector-based products, simplifying how people connect their devices.

Previously, Intel shared plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 into future Intel CPUs and to release the Thunderbolt protocol specification to the industry. As detailed at CES 2019, Intel’s upcoming 10nm processor code-named “Ice Lake” will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 3. Processor integration, combined with today’s announcement, is expected to drive large-scale, mainstream adoption of Thunderbolt.

More information at www.intel.com

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