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May 25, 2017

Intel’s Thunderbolt 3-for-all adds USB-C to all CPUs

Intel's Thunderbolt 3 is already on Apple's machines and will be adopted by Microsoft following Intel's plan to make Thunderbolt the USB-C for all.

By Hannah Williams

Intel will begin embedding Thunderbolt 3 into all future models of its CPUs, in plans to create a world where one USB-C connector handles all the work.

By deploying the Thunderbolt 3 into the CPU, computers will be able to create smaller systems by just using Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Its capabilities will include handling applications such as 4K resolution video cameras in virtual reality, which will be delivered using Thunderbolt 3.

Intel Thunderbolt 3Chris Walker, VP for Computing group, Intel said: “Intel’s vision for Thunderbolt was not just to make a faster computer port, but a simpler and more versatile port available to everyone.

“We envision a future where high-performance single-cable docks, stunning photos and 4K video, lifelike VR, and faster-than-ever storage are commonplace.”

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This can also be deployed by gamers as the addition of Thunderbolt 3 enables gamers to experience mobility and performance gaming in one device.

According to Intel, Thunderbolt 3 is the only USB port that can connect NVMe SSDs to PCs and the large storage space enables users to save time with data transfers that usually take a while. In this case, a full 4K movie can be transferred in under 30 seconds.

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Thunderbolt is currently already available on Apple and Intel has increased its adoption market size to Microsoft, in order to deliver Thunderbolt 3 device plug-and-play support in Windows 10 Creators Update.

“Microsoft and Intel are working together to enable Thunderbolt 3 on Windows PCs to deliver on the ‘if it fits, it works’ potential of USB-C.

“The Windows 10 Creators Update enhanced plug-and-play support for Thunderbolt 3 devices, with additional enhancements planned for future OS releases,” said Roanne Sones, GM for Strategy and ecosystem for Windows and devices, Microsoft.

Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 has been already been adopted widely in over 120 PC designs with its 7th Generation Core processors and the latest MacBook Pros, and is expected to increase to nearly 150 by the end of the year.

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