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Thunderbolt ™ 4 Preview – The Truly Universal Cable Connectivity Solution
A novelty of the new interface standard is that four-port Thunderbolt docks are now supported instead of previous dual-port solutions – in addition, Thunderbolt 4 cables promise full backward compatibility with previous solutions. An important innovation is that it will be mandatory to install at least one Thunderbolt 4-based USB-C charger connector for all notebooks with a power consumption below 100 W.
The first accessories and computers using the Thunderbolt 4 standard will be available later this year. expected to coincide with the advent of 11th generation Tiger Lake processors. Intel will initially offer a total of three Thunderbolt 4 controllers to its partners, the JHL8540 and JHL8340 will be available for PC manufacturers, and the JHL8440 controller will be available for accessory companies.
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