USB 4 is announced having similar specs than Thunderbolt 3 and it is coming very soon!
Earlier this year, Intel which owns Thunderbolt 3 standard released its specification to the USB development community so that it can be used by a wide variety of devices.
USB 4 is built on top of USB 3.2 architecture along with the Thunderbolt 3 protocol which is owned by Intel. It allows faster data transfer rates, power transfers and better bandwidth manageability.
So What’s New Exactly?
Transfer Speeds Up to 40 Gb/s
The new USB 4 standard will double the bandwidth which was previously provided in USB protocols. USB 4 will have transfer speeds up to 40 Gb/s . Meaning that transferring large files, sharing 8K footage is going to be much faster than ever!
Compatibility with Thunderbolt 3 and older versions of the USB standard
USB 4 will also be compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 ports on devices as well as the old versions of the USB 3.2 and USB 2.0 meaning that you don’t need to change your device to use the new USB standard.
Although you may need to get some dongles to use it with some older USB versions.
Managed Bandwidth Usage
If you’ve connected your PC and your display monitor on the USB 4 port and you want to transfer a file as well, it will automatically manage the bandwidth between the video and data transfers. In earlier versions of USB, it would divide the bandwidth instead of managing it efficiently.