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Old 04-03-19, 07:48 PM
tgrech tgrech is offline
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I think it's still an overstatement saying Thunderbolt will be everywhere, this doesn't seem to change anything from a technical standpoint(From what's released so far), it seems to just be a change to the licensing & some branding, so it might become ubiquitous for Intel devices and eventually common on AMD ones with a little lag time but it doesn't solve all the issues Thunderbolt has in terms of how it interfaces or the requirements for a controller. Technically Thunderbolt was always an alternate mode for USB Type-C, and that's still just what it will be from initial info, just now the controller chips required to use the interface won't be expensive proprietary devices, and the alternate mode is an inherently supported part of the spec for cables & stuff. This still doesn't mean these speeds & the power consumption required to meet them will be viable in smartphones or whatever, they'll still keep using USB2.0 or occasionally 3.0 specs even if they're rebranded under USB4.

Intel say they're still going to push the Thunderbolt brand separately, so it seems this will be similar to how FreeSync is technically a part of the DP standard but is in no way a guaranteed feature. There's also no indication they aren't also working on Thunderbolt4 to take advantage of PCIe4.0's gains as Thunderbolts controller relies heavily on PCIe lanes(Which is also why it isn't practical in many areas USB is currently used) so this could be Intel essentially just opening up their outdated tech & letting it trickle down.
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