A World with Thunderbolt™ 3 Everywhere

Posted on July 28th, 2017

A World with Thunderbolt™ 3 Everywhere

Making summer 2017 even more enjoyable, the Thunderbolt™ 3 ecosystem continues to grow significantly with many new Hosts and Devices being announced. Thunderbolt 3 also received good press coverage in the first half of the year, including our plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 into future Intel CPUs and to provide the protocol specification to the industry. Additionally Microsoft announced enhanced support for Thunderbolt 3 device plug-and-play and Apple announced future support for external graphics.

    •     Intel announced plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 into future Intel CPUs and to release the Thunderbolt protocol specification to the industry
    •     Microsoft introduced enhanced Thunderbolt 3 device plug-and-play support in Windows 10 Creators Update
    •     At WWDC, Apple announced support for external graphics cards in a future OS release

Looking forward, I see a wide spectrum of innovation around Thunderbolt 3, which will accelerate a broad range of new devices and user experiences. This will further Thunderbolt’s success in delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device, including billions of USB devices. On top of these advances, we saw continued Thunderbolt 3 product momentum with many new product announcements and news coverage.

Recent Product Announcements

    •     Drobo Launches Lightning Fast 5D3 With Thunderbolt™ 3 To Supercharge Creative Workflows
    •     StarTech.com Introduces Apple™ Mac and Windows Compatible Thunderbolt™ 3, 4K60 Dual Display Adapters
    •     Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt™ 3 Docking Station Drives User Productivity to New Levels
    •     Toshiba Announces Availability of New 14-Inch Tecra Laptop, Adds Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock and USB-C Adapters to Portfolio
    •     Caldigit starts shipping the TS3 Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock with 85W Laptop Charging
    •     Promise Technology Debuts New Mac-Ready Pegasus3 Desktop RAID Storage Solutions
    •     iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, arrives this December
    •     Weibu Launches X-Mini Gaming Box Featuring Intel® Technologies at Computex 2017
    •     ASUS Presents The Edge of Beyond at Computex 2017
    •     SAPPHIRE brings NITRO Gear and Thunderbolt™ 3 accessories to Computex 2017
    •     QNAP Unveils the Industry-leading Thunderbolt 3 NAS - TVS-1582TU
    •     QNAP Launches the TVS-882ST3 8-bay 2.5-inch Thunderbolt 3 NAS with Intel Core i7/i5 Processor, Dual 10GbE Ports, and USB 3.1 10Gbps Connectivity

Recent News Coverage

    •     Lifehacker.com: RIP USB: These Are Ports and Connectors to Care About in 2017
    •     WindowsCentral: Future proof Best Laptop with USB-C
    •     NYTimes: Expanding Your View Beyond the Laptop Screen
    •     PickR: What’s the deal with that new USB port: USB Type C?
    •     WindowsCentral: What's the difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3
    •     9to5Mac: Kensington’s Thunderbolt 3 dock offers hidden mounting option & lock slot
    •     AnandTech: AKiTiO Displays Thunderbolt 3 to 10GBase-T Adapter
    •     AppleInsider: Promise reveals ‘Mac-ready’ versions of Thunderbolt 3 Pegasus3 RAID arrays
    •     Ars Technica: HP grows Omen line with new gaming laptops, VR backpack PC, and more
    •     Hot Hardware: HP OMEN Family Expands With Gaming Laptops, VR Backpack PC And Thunderbolt 3 GPU Enclosures
    •     Hot Hardware: Apple Finally Joins VR Bandwagon, Offers External Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Enclosures For Developers
    •     CNET: Apple bringing VR, external graphics and game engines to Mac
    •     Shacknews: Gigabyte Packages GTX 1070 and External Thunderbolt 3 Housing for $600
    •     Geeky Gadgets: Zotac External Graphics Dock With Thunderbolt 3 Unveiled
    •     Tweaktown: LaCie Bolt3 2TB Thunderbolt 3 Review
    •     SlashGear: Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to clean up desks next month
    •     Techgoondu: New Asus ZenBook UX490 comes with expandable, desktop-class graphics
    •     Techaeris: The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a powerhouse professional grade docking solution for those who need performance
    •     PCWorld: How Thunderbolt 3 won the port wars
    •     GSMArena: Intel will open the Thunderbolt 3 standard to the public royalty-free
    •     CNET: Your next PC may finally get high-speed Thunderbolt ports
    •     TechReport: Intel plans to integrate Thunderbolt into future CPUs

With all of these developments, I am looking forward to a very exciting second half 2017.


Jason Ziller
General Manager, Client Connectivity Division
Intel Corporation