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Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB’s Interface

Intel Demonstrates Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 Gbs Interface

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Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB’s Interface

Intel Demonstrates Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB’s Interface. It’s been a few weeks since the USB4 2.0 specification was approved, and Intel is already catching up with a prototype next-generation Thunderbolt device that delivers 80 GBps of bandwidth.

Intel recently demonstrated the capabilities of the next generation Thunderbolt interface with up to 80 Gb/s throughputs at the IDC conference in Haifa, Israel.

According to Tom’s Hardware, the test rig used two Thunderbolt lanes, each providing 40Gbps through a USB Type-C cable. In fact, Intel managed to double the speed of the current Thunderbolt 4.

"Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB's Interface"
Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB’s Interface

At first, Thunderbolt was available only on devices from Intel and Apple but gradually made its way to consumer models of various kinds due to its versatility.

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To date, manufacturers do not need a license to implement this interface in their devices, but the problem is that an Intel controller is required for its operation, and therefore, among laptops based on AMD processors, literally a few products have the corresponding port.

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This limitation can be compensated by choosing USB4 with a bandwidth similar to Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gb / s). In particular, AMD Ryzen 7000 processors and motherboards based on the X670 chipset support USB4, but so far very few laptops and PCs based on them have this interface.

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"Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB's Interface"
Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB’s Interface

With all that said, it’s no surprise that Intel rushed to show the new Thunderbolt just a couple of weeks after the USB4 2.0 specification was published, which also doubled the bandwidth to 80Gbps. Interestingly.

Intel was in such a hurry that they did not even announce any name for the new version of the interface. In the end, we will most likely hear about Thunderbolt 5.0, because this naming scheme is familiar to the manufacturer and buyers.

"Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB's Interface"
Intel Next-Generation Thunderbolt 80 GB’s Interface

In addition, Intel will have to seriously work on the features of the new generation of Thunderbolt, because USB4 2.0 allows you to configure line matching in such a way as to increase the throughput to 120 Gb / s.

However, taking into account how “quickly” USB4 penetrates into consumer devices (especially based on AMD), Intel will probably not be in a particular hurry.

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