- Intel makes the use of Thunderbolt 3 protocols royalty-free
- USB4 standard to be based on Thunderbolt 3 protocol
- USB4 to offer twice the speed of USB 3.2 over Type-C connector at 40Gbps
Intel this morning announced that it has contributed the Thunderbolt 3 protocols to the USB-IF group which has announced the USB4 specifications, which in turn use the Thunderbolt 3 protocols as a base. Intel also announced that it will be releasing the Thunderbolt 3 protocols for anyone to use royalty-free. This is big news with maximum benefit for the end consumer.