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Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs

Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs
Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs
Intel is taking its first steps in making Thunderbolt 3 more universal with royalty-free implementation for manufacturers starting next year. One can only hope that this will lead to universal GPU docking stations as well.

Thunderbolt 3 is one of the most versatile ports available for notebooks and PCs. Its slim profile and ability to connect anything from smartphones up to massive external GPU docking stations have made the port a must-have for enthusiasts and especially gamers. Despite the advantages, market penetration has been sluggish as most manufacturers would rather incorporate USB Type-C Gen. 1 or Gen. 2 without native support for Thunderbolt 3 speeds.

This is all set to change as Intel has announced that it will begin incorporating native Thunderbolt 3 support onto its processors with additional plans to make the specification royalty-free. Once complete, nearly every manufacturer should be able to more easily create products with Thunderbolt 3 ports similar to how USB Type-A has become ubiquitous on consumer electronics. Currently, Thunderbolt 3 compatibility requires an additional controller chipset from individual manufacturers that adds costs and volume to the final product. This "middle-man" step should soon become a thing of the past at least for Intel-powered devices.

Exactly when we can see Intel processors with integrated Thunderbolt 3 controllers has not yet been detailed. While licensing costs should be dropping next year, "Thunderbolt 3 Ready" processors and subsequent products may take much longer before they can sit on store shelves.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-05-26 (Update: 2018-06-28)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.