The new USB4 has been announced

A new USB model has been revealed, which shares a lot of similarities with Thunderbolt cables we've seen in the past.

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The USB4 has been announced, and no, it's not a typo; there is no spacing between "USB" and "4" for some odd reason. The new standard is to double the bandwidth to 40 Gbps, and combine all USB standards to one, with integrated Thunderbolt compatibility.

USB.org recently announced the official USB4 specification, providing a very interesting read. First and foremost it's based on the Thunderbolt protocol, often found in USB-C 3.1 ports, which means that all future USB products will now be Thunderbolt compliant, making both charging and display connection a lot easier. We get double the data transfer rate too, as well as backwards compatibility with USB 3.2, 2.0, and Thunderbolt 3.

Later this year more will be revealed on the new Type-C and how the 40 Gbps transfer rate will work, but the future might just hold just one USB standard as intended. Thunderbolt specifications and standard will also be more easily available.

Expect the charging power of 100 watts to remain the same, but two simultaneous 4K video streams will be possible.

Prepare to change all of your cables, and for total confusion over what is USB4 and what is Thunderbolt 3 Type-C.

"The primary goal of USB is to deliver the best user experience combining data, display and power delivery over a user-friendly and robust cable and connector solution," said Brad Saunders, USB Promoter Group Chairman. "The USB4 solution specifically tailors bus operation to further enhance this experience by optimizing the blend of data and display over a single connection and enabling the further doubling of performance."

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The new USB4 has been announced

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