Here comes USB4, goodbye Thunderbolt 3


Looks like we still have more USB options coming by the end of 2019 and my guess is this is what Surface will move to, along with everyone else. USB4 is basically replacing Thunderbolt 3 to eliminate the costs for licensing. Yet another USB-C connector that will now get merged into 3.1, 3.2, and now 4.0.

Comments (19)

19 responses to “Here comes USB4, goodbye Thunderbolt 3”

  1. jimchamplin

    How dare they.

  2. rob_segal

    Not confused enough? Okay, here is USB4!

    If I drank alcohol, this kind of stuff would drive me to drink. Instead, I'm going to drown my confusions with a nice glass of water.

  3. locust infested orchard inc

    Considering the very recent debacle under the stewardship of USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum), of the naming of what is essentially USB 3.2, but named USB 3 Gen 2x2, as highlighted in last week's article by Paul Thurrott, one should not be surprised if the first USB 4 is called USB 4 Gen 1×2 USB 3 Gen 2×2.

  4. simont

    Looks great, problem is the standard is not officially released yet, so only expect USB4.0 production in 2020 :(

  5. madthinus

    Make sense to merge the two and go forward as a single standard and be done with it.

  6. codymesh

    ARE YOU [email protected] KIDDING ME.

    so all of these years since the introduction of the USB-C connector, with USB 3.1 and the whole confusion of a USB-C port being able to masquarade as a USB 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 or thunderbolt port,


    Why should any laptop vendor ship a USB 3.2 port right now? Can we just make it all thunderbolt everywhere? Why even bother with anything that's in between?