The new MacBook Pro, launched late last year, caused a certain negative dawn by being a "Pro" but not having the ports that would normally be used by a professional audience. Instead of the usual inputs / outputs, Apple put in its newest laptop the so-called Thunderbolt 3 and only her (if we disregard the headphone jack).
As we have already explained, there is a reason for this: Thunderbolt 3 has the ability to connect to a multitude of different devices (video, audio, power, etc.) and its performance far above what is on the market today (downloads). up to 40Gbps, while the others go up to 10Gbps). Many have said, however, that this was a “risky” and “futuristic” decision by Ma, as we will not soon see the Thunderbolt 3 interface being widely adopted. However, if it depends on the Intel, this reality will arrive sooner than we imagine.
In an official statement, the company revealed that it intends to integrate Thunderbolt 3 natively on their next CPU models.
With the Thunderbolt 3 integrated CPU, computer manufacturers can create thinner and lighter systems with only Thunderbolt 3 ports. For the first time, all ports on a computer can be the same any port can load the system and connect to devices. Thunderbolt, every monitor and billions of USB devices.
The company's Thunderbolt development leader, Jazon Ziller, told WIRED This "will provide a big boost in the adoption and deployment of Thunderbolt 3 on PCs."
Also, something that can slow down the adoption of this interface is the high prices of its cables. Ziller said they always consider the cost and keep doing what they can to try to lower prices. To give it a little boost, Intel's other big move is to make the Thunderbolt 3 specification protocol available to the entire industry, under a non-exclusive license exempt from royalties. Ziller said, "This will lead to greater adoption of the ecosystem, with various peripherals and other devices." Intel said it will begin the exemption by the end of the year.
Apparently, Intel intends to pull the entire industry to do like Ma and use only one type of door for everything. Dan Riccio, Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering, commented on the partner company's initiative:
Apple and Intel have been collaborating on Thunderbolt since the beginning, and as an industry leader in its adoption, we applaud Intel's efforts to integrate Thunderbolt technology into its processors and open it to the rest of the industry.
But it's not just Apple, it's not! According to Intel, Microsoft is also in the process of incorporating Thunderbolt 3 into Windows devices, as they expect “more than 150 peripherals” to adopt by the end of 2017.
The Thunderbolt 3 connector we know today was developed by several companies on a consortium, including Apple and Intel. Seven years ago, we published about how technology Light peak tried to implement up to 10Gbps transfers to data connections, video, audio, etc. It seems that Intel has managed to go beyond and is still striving to bring this to the world.
If the Thunderbolt 3 goes as well as the USB-A we know and, by its capacity, we hope it happens, we'll see it on a lot of computers and other devices soon!