Intel has announced they will be offering their Thunderbolt protocol specification to the USB Promoter Group.
This will allow other chip makers to make Thunderbolt-compatible silicon, with any royalties.
“Releasing the Thunderbolt protocol specification is a significant milestone for making today’s simplest and most versatile port available to everyone. This, in combination with the integration of Thunderbolt 3 into upcoming Intel processors is a win-win for the industry and consumers,” Jason Ziller, general manager, Client Connectivity Division at Intel.
In addition, the USB Promoter Group said that the upcoming USB4 spec will support the Thunderbolt.
“Realizing HP’s vision for the office of the future requires seamless connectivity, powerful performance and total simplicity to enable people to unleash their creativity wherever their workday takes them,” said Bill Gorden, vice president, Commercial Notebook Management at HP. “Thunderbolt 3 is a powerful addition to our new notebooks and docks that delivers the flexibility sought by IT departments and the experiences people love.”
Intel says that Thunderbolt 3 adoption has been increasing with it fully being supported in Windows 10, macOS and Linux with the number of PCs with Thunderbolt 3 doubling every year.
Intel’s upcoming 10nm Ice Lake processors will also support Thunderbolt 3 and USB4.