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  • Introducing Thunderbolt 4: Universal Cable Connectivity for Everyone

    Home Forums AskWoody support PC hardware Introducing Thunderbolt 4: Universal Cable Connectivity for Everyone

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        Alex5723
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        Today, Intel revealed new details about Thunderbolt™ 4, the next generation of its universal cable connectivity solution, delivering increased minimum performance requirements, expanded capabilities and USB4 specification compliance….

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        Cybertooth
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        I’ll be happy with this as long as 1) it means that I can just plug in the thing without needing to keep track of which way it’s facing; and 2) it doesn’t mean that new PCs will start coming out with fewer built-in connectors.

         

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          Alex5723
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          It is a standard USB-C plug.
          The minimum ports is 2 : 1 for charging, 1 for external devices.

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        Cybertooth
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        Found this informative article on USB-C. Here’s the good news:

        USB-C provides plenty to like. It’s reversible, so you’ll no longer have to flip the connector around a minimum of three times looking for the correct orientation.

        But now for the worrisome news:

        USB Type-C ports can also support a variety of different protocols using “alternate modes,” which allows you to have adapters that can output HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, or other types of connections from that single USB port. Apple’s USB-C Digital Multiport Adapter is a good example of this, offering an adapter that allows you to connect an HDMI, VGA, larger USB Type-A connectors, and smaller USB Type-C connector via a single port.

        My concern is that this may encourage the manufacture of new PCs that have fewer connectors on the theory that you can plug in multiple types of things onto a single multipurpose adapter, as Apple has done. This means that there will be a single point of failure that will render inaccessible every piece of hardware that’s connected to it, unlike today when (for example) your external HDD’s connector can fail without turning the monitor blank.

        A similar thing happened with Samsung TVs some years ago. Instead of having multiple independent video connections, they introduced a single universal connector, and when that went bad you had no other way to see anything on the TV set.

         

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