By PURPLELEC | 13 October 2023 | 0 Comments
What is the difference between Thunderbolt 3 interface and type c interface?
The Thunderbolt 3 interface has the same shape as the Type-C interface, so many people mistakenly think that the Type-C interface is the Thunderbolt 3 interface. In fact, not all Type-C interfaces support the Thunderbolt 3 standard. Type-C is just a specification of the interface; while the Thunderbolt 3 interface is a connection standard that only uses the Type-C interface.
1. The physical appearance of the Thunderbolt 3 interface is changed to a USB Type-C interface, and the transmission speed is increased to 40Gbps. It can connect two 4K displays or one 5K display, is more power-efficient than the previous generation, and can provide 100W of power transfer. The port facilitates two-way charging and can be used to charge other devices or the notebook itself. And it can be inserted in both forward and reverse directions. It no longer needs to identify the forward and reverse directions before inserting like the previous USB interface.
2. The type-c socket is one of the USB3.1 types. It supports blind insertion on the front and back sides. It is slimmer and more beautiful. And Type-A refers to the USB interface we commonly use. Type-B (Micro-B) interface is mainly used for smartphones and tablets (commonly used charging port for Android)
3. The Thunderbolt 3 interface provides higher bandwidth, enabling it to support two 4K displays and provide faster data transfer speeds. Additionally, Thunderbolt 3 is compatible with more transmission protocols than USB Type-C, which means it can be used with more types of devices. If designers need to connect multiple monitors at work, the Thunderbolt 3 interface has a daisy chain function that allows designers to easily display large images on multiple monitors.
Comparing USB Type-c and Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 3 transmits data faster and supports higher output video resolution. Thunderbolt also has a PCIe bus, which can enable external PCIe devices.
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