USB 4 Is Coming, And It Will Be Much Faster

September 23, 2019

Written by wukovits

usb 4 is coming and it will be much fasterUSB four has been in the pipeline for quite some time now.

Finally, in the second half of 2020, we’ll start seeing devices coming to market that take advantage of the new and improved technology.  Based on Thunderbolt 3 technology, the latest iteration of the tech will boast transfer speeds of up to 40 Gigabytes Per Second.

Currently, those kinds of blazing fast transfer speeds are only available to people who own high-end MacBook Pros and similar devices.

That’s great news all around because it represents an improvement of more than 100 percent in transfer speed, as compared to the current standard, USB 3.2. Of special note, many consumers are still using older computers with an even earlier version of the USB standard, so their speed increases will be even greater.

The promise of such a significant boost in speed more widely available will have ripple effects that will be felt through the entire industry.  As devices making use of USB 4 become increasingly common, people will naturally come to gravitate toward USB-C connector cables, which require USB4 to work.  As that happens, the older USB-A and USB-B connectors will simply fall out of favor and eventually, will stop being produced altogether.

According to the USB-IF, the three key advantages of the new technology are:

  • Backward compatibility with Thunderbolt 3, USB 2.0 and USB 3.2
  • Multiple data and display protocols that will allow tech utilizing USB4 to drive multiple displays simultaneously
  • Two-lane operation using existing USB-C cables and up to a whopping 40 Gbps operation over certified cables

One wrinkle to be aware of is this:  Thunderbolt 3 on today’s MacBook Pros uses its USB-C ports, but there’s no guarantee that a future USB4 port will support a Thunderbolt peripheral, despite that Thunderbolt 3 has been woven into USB4.  Something to be mindful of as we march forward into a USB4 future.

Used with permission from Article Aggregator

Bayou Tech

We provide solutions for your business. Find out how we can help.

Related Articles

New Graphene Technology May Increase Hard Drive Storage

HDDs are old, well understood technology. They haven't changed much in recent years. In fact, increasingly, people are writing them off, preferring SSDs for their greater speed and smaller size, even though HDDs are less expensive. The clever folks at the University...

Some Amazon Device Features May Have Security Risks

Have you heard of Amazon Sidewalk? If not, it's definitely something you should be aware of. Depending on your point of view, the new feature, which was enabled by default on a wide range of Amazon devices by default on June 8 of this year (2021) is either...

Email Unsubscribe Scam Can Easily Fool Any User

Scammers are increasingly relying on a tried and true bit of social engineering to fool unsuspecting users into unwittingly signing up to receive a flood of additional spam email. They accomplish this by blasting out an email asking recipients if they wish to...