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Intel may phase type A ports out with the advent of USB4-enabled PCs

This important spec also featured in the new leak. (Source: USB IF)
This important spec also featured in the new leak. (Source: USB IF)
A prominent tipster has posted what may be listings for Intel's USB 4 controllers. Should this be the case, it seems they will not be compatible with the traditional type A port. The material only mentions the USB 3.2 specification, with no hint of 2.0 in sight.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

The Twitter leaker @rogame has posted material that may describe Intel's next-gen USB controllers. According to this documentation, they may have 3 variants, which go by the device IDs0x9A1B, 0x9A1D, and 0x9A13. Interestingly, neither may go to a type A port.

The leak appears to unequivocally emphasizes that the parts are indeed USB4, with reference to its 40 gigabit per second (Gb/s) max speed into the bargain. It also mentions the 3.2 specification alongside its new successor. However, they are not joined by 2.0 as well.

This suggests that Intel has no intention of supporting the corresponding port - type A - in the PCs that are to come with the new USB4 spec. The USB Implementers' Forum has confirmed that its new criteria would indeed be backwards-compatible with the 2.0 specification.

On the other hand, the name Thunderbolt 3 is also absent from the new leak, despite the fact this should also be covered in the state-of-the-art port standard.

The new "Intel USB controller" leak. (Source: Twitter)
The new "Intel USB controller" leak. (Source: Twitter)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-11 (Update: 2020-08-12)
Deirdre O'Donnell
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