Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Nearly two years ago, Intel pledged to make its super-fast Thunderbolt protocol available to everyone, royalty-free. Now it’s finally following through on that promise, and then some—giving the next generation of USB a jolt in the process. On Monday, the USB Implementer’s Forum announced that it would fully detail the upcoming USB4 specification within the next few months. More importantly, it confirmed that USB4 would be built on Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 instead of competing with it as it had previously done. What does that actually mean? In plain English, the move will simplify your dongle life and make your downloads much, much faster. How fast? Thunderbolt 3 can move 40 gigabits per second. That’s a 4K movie in about 30 …