Thunderbolt™ 3 Overview Brief
Thunderbolt™ 3
More Speed. More Pixels. More Possibilities.
The USB-C That Does It All
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. A single cable now provides four times
the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable,
while also supplying 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.
More
Speed
More
Pixels
More
Power
40
Gbps
Dual 4k
Displays
100W
Charging
More
Protocols
Full 4K Video Experience
Best Single-Cable Docking
External Graphics
Thunderbolt™ Networking
Connect displays with
astonishing resolution,
contrast, and color depth
to see your photos,
videos, applications, and
text with amazing detail.
Now, one compact port
provides Thunderbolt 3 data
transfer, support for two
4K 60 Hz displays, and
quick notebook charging
with a single cable. It’s
the most advanced and
versatile USB-C docking
solution available.
Gamers can now connect
plug ‘n’ play external
graphics to a notebook
to enjoy the latest games
at recommended or
higher settings.
Provides a peer-to-peer
connection at 10 GbE
speeds to quickly transfer
files between computers,
perform PC migrations, or
set up small workgroups
with shared storage.
Key Features
40 Gbps
• Thunderbolt , USB, DisplayPort, and power on USB-C
™
• USB-C connector and cables (small, reversible)
• 40 Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 – double the speed
of Thunderbolt™ 2
– Bi-directional, dual-protocol (PCI Express and
DisplayPort)
20 Gbps
– 4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3
–8
lanes of DisplayPort 1.2 (HBR2 and MST) – supports
two 4K displays (4096 x 2160 30bpp @ 60 Hz)
• USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) – compatible with existing
USB devices and cables
• DisplayPort 1.2 – compatible with existing DisplayPort
displays, devices, and cables
– Connect DVI, HDMI, and VGA displays via adapters
• Power (based on USB power delivery)
– Up to 100W system charging
– 15W to bus-powered devices
• Thunderbolt™ Networking
– 10Gb Ethernet connection between computers
• Daisy chaining (up to six devices)
• Lowest latency for PCI Express audio
Solutions and products built to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt
2 specifications will work with Thunderbolt 3 via an adapter.
10 Gbps
10 Gbps
5 Gbps
480 Mbps
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB 3.1
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 2 Thunderbolt 3
(includes USB 3.1)
A single cable now
provides four times
the data and twice the
video bandwidth of any
other cable, while also
supplying power
To learn more visit https://thunderbolttechnology.net/
Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies
depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at intel.com.
As compared to other PC I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire*. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware
and software used. Must use a Thunderbolt-enabled device.
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