USB 4 Is Coming To Save Us


From messy cable management, what else? News from the hardware domain is that USB 4, the next standard of the connectivity technology, is on the horizon.

And it comes packing an array of improvements.

For starters, USB 4.0 is twice as fast as the current USB 3.2 standard, meaning it will support up to 40Gbps speeds as a maximum. It also touts two lanes to send and receive signals from connected devices, making it bidirectional.

That is to say, it can carry up to 40Gbps of data in either direction.

Plus, this fast and versatile new technology accommodates a DisplayPort 2.0 as well, which increases the available signal bandwidth up to 80Gbps — high enough to support 8K HDR video monitors. If all goes according to plan, we could see the end of several other cable technologies here.

This DisplayPort specification also enables 16K video over USB, if you’re into this type of thing.

Support for the Apple Thunderbolt 3 and USB PD charging standard will allow you to charge your devices at even higher speeds, that is if they support fast charging.

But at the very minimum, this new technology will revolutionize how external monitors and other devices are connected.

You will have to wait till later this year, or early 2021 to really make use of the high speeds that USB 4 brings to the table. While it will likely take even more time for it to trickle down to cheaper devices and truly become a universal standard.

But we are getting there.

Slowly, steadily.

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