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By Steven Bassiri from May 28, 2019 @ 1:00 CDT

Integrated Thunderbolt 3

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Intel finally did it, they integrated Thunderbolt 3 into their SoC. The 40Gpbs protocol is on track, and while some call it USB 4.0, it's still known as Thunderbolt 3 and still supports all the technologies we all know and use, such as DisplayPort and USB 3.

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By integrating Thunderbolt 3, Intel aims to reduce costs to vendors. Not much has changed in regards to how the protocol or configuration is done.

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However, there is one part that vendors will need to incorporate, and that's the Thunderbolt 3 retimer, which Intel said had to be developed in-house due to engineering and time constraints.

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Here we get a look at the new integrated SoC structure of how they integrated Thunderbolt 3. What we see are higher performance and lower latency.

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