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USB4 is Coming Next Year
USB 3.0. USB 3.1. USB C. USB 3.2 Now USB4. Are you keeping up? I’m being ridiculous, I know. USB C is a connection type, not a USB standard, but regardless – USB4 is coming next year. With it, you can expect transfer speeds matching that of Thunderbolt 3, doubling USB 3.2’s speeds.
“The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced today that the organization has finalized the technical specifications for USB4. These specs will be making their way to designers, engineers and manufacturers shortly, meaning we can expect the first USB4 products to hit shelves some time in 2020.” (Engadget)
The new standard will still use the USB type-C format, and you’ll be able to use previous gen USB standards like 3.2 and 2.0, so you needn’t worry about your devices and such becoming obsolete. One thing you should be excited for however, is the fact that USB4, like USB3, will feature support for both display and data protocols. Meaning you’ll probably see increased adoption of USB ports being used for display purposes.
The increased speed and such could mean we see Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 merge as one platform, removing the headaches that ensuring the devices you use have such standards. Products like external GPUs and docks will also benefit from the new standard.
Looking forward to getting your hands on USB4 technology? How will it change the way you use your PC, if at all? Share your comments below!