The companies who are behind the universally accepted USB standard have published some new information on the latest iteration of the interface, and it is all good news for consumers.
This new device will be quicker and will give improved compatibility.
You will not need to pay close attention to which cable or port you are using.
Styled as USB4, which was announced in March, the original technical specifications have been issued to anyone who cares to investigate them.
It is another step in the process of making a higher standard from idea to reality.
The three main improvements in USB4 over USB 3:
USB4 excels out at 40 gigabits per second, which is twice the speed of the latest version of USB 3.
And it is eight times the speed of the primary USB 3 standard model, which was, of course, itself way quicker than what it was replacing.
It will also help the max speed of earlier cables and interfaces.
Universal Thunderbolt 3 compatibility:
Thunderbolt 3 is Intel’s exclusive implementation of USB 3, which you would find on all Intel boards and also those companies that have licensed the tech.
But Intel has understood that it was counterproductive to divide things off like this, so looking at that, they are giving the Thunderbolt 3 spec for free.
Improved display/data splitting:
USB 3 launched the facility to use a single cable to send power, data and a video signal over a single cable.
But sometimes, it depends on how you set it up. It can only send one or the other, or the speeds were significantly reduced.
USB4 performs much better than this; if you have a monitor that uses 8 Gbps for the video bandwidth, the entire 32 Gbps will be available for other purposes.
Finally is the name, the computing hardware industry is particularly bad at naming stuff, and the USB 3 was no exclusion to the rule.
It has always been annoying trying to figure out which version of USB was supported.
So from now onwards, USB4 is the name till they come up with USB5.
Tom’s Hardware, USB Promoter Group CEO Brad Saunders said they just wanted to make things easier and prevent the profusion of the products different versions that would confuse the consumers.
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