"There's a bunch of technology that systems need to start including. [...] Thunderbolt 3 is non-negotiable."

— Peter Bright, Ars technica

“Thunderbolt 3 has finally achieved in its vision of one cable to rule them all.”

— Gordon Mah Ung, PC World

“USB and Thunderbolt are the last mainstream connections devices will need to the outside world, according to ABI Research”

— Simon Sharwood, The Register

“Amazing! - 4K screen, 3D camera, Thunderbolt 3 port all packed into an Acer Switch 12S tablet”

— PC World; Jan 4, 2016

“The port on the Dell XP3 13 with the little lightning bolt, it’s the port of the future”

— Ars technica; Jan 20, 2016

“Here’s the box that can turn a puny laptop into a graphical powerhouse”

— – Gizmodo; Aug 18, 2015

“The future is looking even better for one big reason: Thunderbolt 3”

— PC World; Sep 18, 2015

“Intel unveils 4K ‘nirvana’ with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connector”

— TechWeek; Jun 2, 2015

“One port to rule them all: Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C join forces”

— CNET; Jun 2, 2015

“Cost-effective technologies like Thunderbolt™ 2 allow creative workgroups to share data, video files and projects in ways that were unheard of just a few years ago.”

— Neil Smith of Luma Forge

"I feel Thunderbolt has become more mainstream for the high end," said Pat Kannar, director of marketing for Dell's Precision line of workstation products. "We're definitely looking at adding it into systems coming out later this year and next year."

— Pat Kannar, Director of Marketing for Dell's Precision line of workstation products

"LG believes Thunderbolt is an important way for users to connect when working with rich media.

— Mr. Yong-Ho Cho, GM of LG Monitor Product Department

"With the 20 Gb/s throughput of Thunderbolt 2 and the power of the new Mac Pro cylinders we have a platform to deliver tremendous speed and cost savings for productions and post wanting to implement fast and efficient 4K workflows."

— Neil Smith, CEO LumaForge

"Thunderbolt 2 will provide Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects users the capabilities they need when working with 4K or larger projects."

— David K Helmly, Sr. Manager, Solutions Consulting, Adobe

“Io 4K leverages the latest technology in our industry, all in one sleek portable box,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “It bridges 4K workflows to HD, to the latest 4K and UltraHD displays, and to the Mac over the amazing Thunderbolt™ 2 interface.”

— Nick Rashby, President AJA Video Systems

“Thunderbolt accelerates creative projects by enabling the most demanding workflows to easily incorporate external storage, video processing, and other high-performance peripherals”, said Jim Zafarana, VP/GM of HP CSBU.  “As the first workstation vendor to offer Thunderbolt across its line of workstation-class products, our customers can take advantage of the solution from our ZBook Mobile Workstations up to our dual Xeon processor-based Z Desktop Workstations offering Thunderbolt 2.”

— Jim Zafarana, VP/GM HP CSBU

“Thunderbolt transforms video creation and playback on the PC,” said Dilip Bhatia, Vice President, Think Product Group, Lenovo.  “Collaborating with Intel, we are pleased to deliver the ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation to the market, which opens up a completely new level of functionality for ThinkPad users.”

— Dilip Bhatia, Vice President, Think Product Group, Lenovo

“Simply put, Thunderbolt transforms video creation and playback on the PC, said Luis Hernandez, vice president, ThinkPad Edge Business Unit, Lenovo. “Collaborating with Intel on such a flexible, fast and simple-to-use I/O technology opens up a completely new level of functionality for ThinkPad laptop users.”

— Luis Hernandez, vice president, ThinkPad Edge Business Unit, Lenovo

“Thunderbolt technology delivers performance, simplicity and flexibility; it enables new levels of expandability, portability and connectivity without compromise for even the smallest and thinnest laptops. Acer showed at CES the Aspire S5 Ultrabook that will incorporate the breakthrough technology to enhance our customers' total user experience, hence, empowering them to be more efficient and productive.”

— David Lee, associate vice president of Mobile Computing Business Unit, Acer Inc.

“Thunderbolt technology delivers performance, simplicity, and flexibility, enabling connectivity without compromise for even the smallest and thinnest laptops. Asus has been one the earliest developers of Thunderbolt products and plans to bring these capabilities to our customers in Asus PCs this year.”

— SY Shian – VP of Notebook BU, Asus

“Thunderbolt™ technology provides simplicity and flexibility to a new level that will make it possible for MSI to introduce new products this year, enabling the connectivity and performance of Thunderbolt, without compromise.”

— Scott Yang, Vice President, Motherboard Sales Dept., MSI

“Thunderbolt™ technology delivers unparalleled performance, so that Gigabyte’s leading products and
Thunderbolt’s simple and flexible connectivity make for a perfect match for a new technology this year.”

— Henry Kao, Sales VP, GIGABYTE

Thunderbolt provides tons of I/O bandwidth to lots of devices on daisy-chained cables. In 2011, Thunderbolt is setting the stage for the future of PC I/O

— Peter S Kastner, Principal Analyst, Scott-Page

Thunderbolt offers the possibility of reducing the number of I/O ports on PCs. Any kind of data and display connection can be made through this one connector, which means it is the ultimate expansion port to everything on your desktop. Thunderbolt should be very popular in providing no-compromise connectivity in even the thinnest and lightest laptops.

— Dr. Jon Peddie, President Jon Peddie Research

Thunderbolt technology is connectivity without compromise and will enable the full promise of Symphony I/O, Apogee's professional digital audio recording platform.

— Betty Bennett, CEO, Apogee

Western Digital believes Thunderbolt technology will bring both new performance levels and simpler connectivity for consumers to access and enjoy their digital media in new and innovative ways.

— Dale Pistilli, VP Marketing, Branded Products, Western Digital Corporation

Technology like this only happens about once a decade. We are thrilled about the performance and simplicity Thunderbolt technology will bring to our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

— Bill Putnam, CEO, Universal Audio

Pegasus family storage products will be blazingly fast with Thunderbolt technology, consumers and creative professionals alike will experience a remarkable leap in performance.

— James Lee, CEO, Promise Technology

Thunderbolt technology is a breakthrough in I/O technology and represents the future of mobile computing. Soon you will be able to carry all the power and functionality of desktop environments in compact devices.

— Philippe Spruch, Chairman and General Manager, LaCie

We are excited about Thunderbolt™ technology and feel it will bring new levels of performance and simplicity to the video creation market.

— Hiroo Edakubo, Group Executive, Video Products Group, Canon Inc.

Thunderbolt technology will revolutionize mobile media creation. It's a game-changer and will accelerate our ability to build the highest quality video creation products that are affordable to everyone.

— Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic

We are very excited by the capabilities of Thunderbolt technology. To have two 10Gbps, bi-directional, multi-protocol channels in a single cable is a great step forward for high performance audio and video solutions.

— Max Gutnik, Sr. Director, Product Management, Avid Technology

Welcome to the future, Thunderbolt technology enables the fastest and simplest I/O for connecting AJA's award-winning professional video capture and playback products to your laptop.

— John Abt, CEO, AJA

We're thrilled to collaborate with Intel to bring the groundbreaking Thunderbolt technology to Mac users. With ultra-fast transfer speeds, support for high-resolution displays and compatibility with existing I/O technologies, Thunderbolt is a breakthrough for the entire industry and we think developers are going to have a blast with it.

— Bob Mansfield, Senior Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering, Apple Inc.

Thunderbolt™ 3 Products

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Thunderbolt™ 3 Overview Brief

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