First, let us bask in the big news of the day: The USB-IF announced USB4, with no space between the "B" and the "4", cutting against all other USB naming schemes.
While it's early days for the USB4 specification - the USB Promoter Group is expected to unveil details later this year - we're now looking at the new protocol bringing 40Gbps speeds and the simplicity of USB-C to the masses.
- The primary goal of USB is to deliver the best user experience combining data, display and power delivery over a user-friendly and robust cable and connector solution, said Brad Saunders, USB Promoter Group Chairman.
Once USB4 is official, the low cost of Thunderbolt 3 support and otherwise royalty-free nature of the spec means adoption will boom and we'll all be able to spend money on new devices that have the firmware inside.
USB 3.0 aka USB 3.2 gen 1 is called SuperSpeed USB. They're bad, but at least they give you an idea of how fast each "USB 3.2" standard is, which is a lot better than the "1", "2", and "2x2" conventions.
The advent of USB as a ubiquitous connection standard is one of the best things to happen to the PC. That's because the USB-C port can be a Thunderbolt port, but it can also be a standard USB 3.x port. So your new laptop or desktop PC might not feature a Thunderbolt 3 port after all, unless it's a premium model. Another appealing facet is that Intel intends to integrate Thunderbolt 3 into upcoming 10nm processors, code-named "Ice Lake" and beyond.
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USB4 uses USB Type C which was introduced with USB 3.2 Gen2.
It's worth understanding that the USB Promoter Group is exactly what it says on the tin, a "group" made up of key contributors such as Apple, Intel, HP, and Microsoft, amongst others.
Beyond the raw speed increase, though, USB4 ditches the Type-A connector that dominates the landscape and wholeheartedly embraces Type-C, which is a smaller and reversible connector as shown in the image at the top of this article. And those cables will need to be USB-C cables, so this will hasten the death of the old-style USB-A interface.
Currently, more than 50 companies are reviewing the final draft of the USB-IF's new specification, which is on track to be published by the middle of 2019, according to the organization.
"Releasing the Thunderbolt protocol specification is a significant milestone for making today's simplest and most versatile port available to everyone", said Jason Ziller, General Manager, Client Connectivity Division at Intel. In the case of USB4, it will be backwards compatible as far back as USB 2.0.