USB 4 to end traditional USB ports?
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New iterations on tech that retire old ways always bring out the worst in us, campaigning against companies like Apple for making us have to buy a bunch of dongles (still not forgiven them for removing headphone jacks). It now seems the traditional USB Type-A slots could be on their way out thanks to USB 4.0.
Prolific leaker @_rogame seems to have acquired internal Intel documents that detail the USB 4.0 host controller supporting new USB 4 devices and USB 3.2 predecessors but no more, leaving USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 enabled devices sitting in your desk’s drawer.
Intel Processor USB Controller
> Device ID 0x9A1B, 0x9A1D, 0x9A13
> Power Delivery 3.0,
> USB Type-C
> USB 40Gbps (USB4) pic.twitter.com/tCWOyxnEtH
— _rogame (@_rogame) August 10, 2020
While retiring old tech shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to you, the fact that a lot of users are depending on the backward compatibility of USB ports for their devices is a big loss and a much bigger hit to the wallets of those who have a plethora of products that they use across multiple machines.
However, what this document does state is the benefits of USB 4 and what you can expect in terms of transfer speeds. You’re looking at a whopping 40Gbps for transferring your files as well as Power Deliver 3.0 for lightning-quick charging of your connected devices.
So, it seems it’s out with the old and in with the new! And, it’s not all bad, while you might need to upgrade your older peripherals, the massive jump in transfer speeds in my eyes should outweigh the cost you’ll be putting down.