USB 4 For Mobile & PCs Will Make Its Way in 2020: What to Expect?

The upcoming connectivity standard will offer improved data speed and support multiple ports for display and storage

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USB Type C (with 3.0) is slowly going mainstream but we’re already hearing about USB 4.0 standard which is likely to hit two targets with one hit. By that we mean, the USB 4 will finally get support for speeds which have been there with Thunderbolt port for quite sometime and also manage to offer backward compatibility with previous port

The USB Promoter Group on Monday confirmed that, “ 50 companies are actively participating in the final stages of review of the draft specification. And the USB 4 specification is on track to be published around the middle of 2019.

That is the time when the details for the upgraded USB Type C to support USB 4 will be revealed.


Once the specifications are out, one can also expect to know the shape of the upcoming USB standard for connectivity.

In terms of head-to-head comparison, the data speeds of USB 3.0 at 5Gbps will get easily improved with USB 4.0, offering up to 40Gbps, enabling content of high-quality (up to 8K resolution) to be easily shared between devices.

USB Developer Days 2019, in the second half of this year, will include detailed technical training covering the USB 4 specification and the latest for USB Type-C, USB Power Delivery, and other exciting topics.   
USB Promoter Group

While the speeds are surely impressive, what’ll really excite the geeks is the news that USB 4 will be compatible with Thunderbolt 3, as well as get backward compatible support for USB 3.2 and even USB 2.0, the official statement said.

USB 4.0 will also let users daisy chain multiple display (even 4K) with other devices like storage drive or graphics unit, all connected to one cable on the PC. This time around, they’ve also made sure that no royalty fees has to be paid to Intel for using Thunderbolt 3, meaning more brands can adopt the technology without giving any excuses now.

Mobiles are becoming powerful, so much that you have devices with more RAM and storage than a regular PC. With USB 4, these devices will get the right connectivity support and ensure that high-quality content in big data sizes will be easier to tackle.

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