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USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 Explained
A new connector has arrived for computers, peripherals, and mobile devices: the USB-C™ connector. Also known as USB Type-C™, it’s much more than just USB. Unlike its predecessors, the USB-C connector offers an array of benefits.
The USB Type-C connector is small and compact, making it ideal for the latest laptop and mobile devices. Also, it's conveniently reversible, so you can connect it easily the first time, saving you frustration and possible port damage. But despite its small size, this connector packs a punch.
USB-C is so versatile that it isn't limited to your traditional USB functionality. It can carry other interface types, such as DisplayPort 1.2 and Thunderbolt 3. This means that it can carry up to 10Gbps of data with USB 3.1, or up to 40Gbps with Thunderbolt 3. It can also carry enough power (up to 100W) to charge full-size electronics.
An important benefit of USB-C is its backwards compatibility with USB 3.0 and 2.0. It is also the only connector that carries Thunderbolt 3.
Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C is an exciting development because it can deliver more speed and video bandwidth than any other current standard. At 40Gbps, it's four times as fast as USB 3.1 and twice as fast as DisplayPort 1.2. And it includes built-in support for 10GbE peer-to-peer connections, enabling the fastest file transfers and PC migrations, as well as blazing fast access to data storage.
Dubbed the "USB-C that does it all", Thunderbolt™ 3 is proving to be a game-changer in how we think about connectivity and performance.
As with any disruptive technology, there is bound to be some confusion about what this means for your current devices and how to ensure that you're making the most of these new possibilities.
Thunderbolt™ 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all - delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices.
Thunderbolt™ 3 over USB-C is an exciting development because it delivers four times the bandwidth enabling more speed and video bandwidth than any other current standard. It also includes built-in support for 10 GbE peer-to-peer connections enabling the fastest file transfers and PC migrations, as well as blazing fast access to data storage.