Today Intel unveiled Thunderbolt 3, the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or peripheral device – including billions of USB devices. Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at 40Gbps. It offers double the speed of the previous generation, USB 3.1 10Gbps, and DisplayPort 1.2. Thunderbolt 3 ports are fully compatible with USB devices and cables. In Thunderbolt mode, a single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while supplying power.
Computer ports with Thunderbolt 3 provide 40Gbps Thunderbolt – double the speed of the previous generation, USB 3.1 10Gbps, and DisplayPort 1.2. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying up to 100W of power. It’s unrivaled for new uses, such as 4K video, single-cable docks with charging, external graphics, and built-in 10 GbE networking. Simply put, Thunderbolt 3 delivers the best USB-C.Thunderbolt technology is a transformational high-speed, dual protocol, PC I/O delivering performance, simplicity and flexibility. Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data between your devices and your computer with 2 channels of 10Gbps flowing both ways (upstream and downstream) at the same time. And it allows you to connect as many as 6 devices, daisy chained, through a single compact port.
Initial products are expected to start shipping before the end of this year, with more expected in 2016.