USB 4 is here: It’s fast and it’s confusing
March 11, 2019

Here’s what we know about the next generation I/O port.

USB has been a staple part of any computer user. While the varying versions of the port have paved way to the evolution of the USB standard, this latest version is proving to be the best one yet.

USB 4 has just been approved by the USB Promoter Group and is scheduled to be released later this year. USB 4 will include faster transfer speeds along with improved compatibility with Thunderbolt 3. USB 4 can even allocate the bandwidth needed when using the port for both video and data.

So for example, if you’re transferring a huge file and using the same cable to connect to a full HD monitor, the USB 4 port should be able to properly allocate the bandwidth so it performs without a hitch.

Of course, USB 4 will still utilize the Type-C port, which has already started becoming a standard among computers and even mobile devices. This is great if you look at the big picture since there will only be one unifying port and standard that is compatible with all. There will come a time where you don’t have to carry different cables or dongles just to make them all compatible with each other.

USB 4 will come in three speeds: 10 Gbps, 20 Gbps, and 40 Gbps. Each device that will use USB 4 will have varying speeds depending on how it would be needed. Smaller devices like mobile phones or even entry-level notebooks should be fine with 10 Gbps, while full-blown high-end computers will have 40 Gbps.

By this time, it can be confusing. We did too, but USB 4 will hopefully make al those confusions disappear by making everything backward compatible with previous USB versions. This means that your USB 3.1 cable should still work at full speed when connected to a USB 4 – so you’re technically not losing anything even if you use your older cable.

Even if USB 4 will be approved for release later this year, don’t expect it to arrive immediately on your favorite gadgets and devices. Chances are, it would take another year before that becomes a staple part of any new notebook or smartphone.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg – USB 4 is poised to take over I/O ports in the future and we’re keen to see what this future holds.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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