A new leak has surfaced, giving details from the upcoming Intel 3rd generation Thunderbolt technology, suggesting it will offer up the fastest ever speeds from the technology, a staggering 40Gb per second! This makes the new standard twice as fast as the current Thunderbolt 2 technology and as you can see from the leaked PR image above, it’s also backed up by system charging of up to 100w, increased bandwidth, lower Z-height and backwards compatibility.
The new bandwidth capabilities are courtesy of the PCIe 3 support, offering up double the maximum data transfer speeds while also giving us a 50% reduction in power consumption courtesy of the new hardware.
The real world numbers are likely to be a little lower than this of course, we often see early performance figures to be very favourable in terms of benchmarks, as we suspect Intel will have given the “optimum” scenario to favour their technology for this number, but regardless of that fact, it will be fast, more energy efficient and should pave the way from some interesting new uses for the technology. Being able to run two 4K displays with fast data rates and system charging from a single cable is nothing to sneer at, now all we have to do is sit and wait for it to hit the market next year.
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