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Intel reveals Thunderbolt 3 will use USB Type-C connector

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Intel has today revealed that the new, Thunderbolt 3 connection will piggyback on the USB Type-C connector.

The new high-speed connection won’t be fully interoperable with USB Type-C, however, as Thunderbolt requires circuitry to be in the cable itself.

As such Thunderbolt speed will only be achievable with a Thunderbolt cable and compatible devices on both ends.

The cables will be distinguishable by the signature lightning logo on the plug.

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Thunderbolt is four times faster than USB 3.1 (the standard on which Type-C is built) with a maximum throughput of 40GBps.

It can also deliver up to 100W of power at 20V, which is the same as USB 3.1.

We’re expecting to see Thunderbolt 3 in action tomorrow with Gigabyte revealing it’s all set to demonstrate the tech.

Making the announcement during Computex, Intel is expected to detail full Thunderbolt 3 specs tomorrow, June 3.

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