USB-C is more than just a port; it may be the future of connectivity. While Thunderbolt was originally developed by Intel, USB-C comes from an industry consortium led by Apple. We’ll explain why USB-C is so exciting and how Thunderbolt 3 compares to USB 3.1 Type C in this article.
What is USB-C?
USB Type – C, known as simply USB-C, is a new emerging standard that will shape how we use and connect devices in the years to come. The port shares both form and function with Apple’s Lightning connector for their mobile phones and tablets, but can be found on laptops such as the latest MacBook and Chromebook Pixel.
USB-C is a physical specification developed by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, a group of companies that create and maintain the USB standard for connecting electronic devices. This includes Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other industry giants. The port is compatible with Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort ALT mode (VESA), HDMI, and countless other specifications.
There are benefits to using USB-C, which we will discuss in this article. The best aspect of all is that you can use the same charging cable for your phone and laptop, or any other devices that sport USB-C ports.
What Is Thunderbolt 3?
Thunderbolt 3 is the third generation of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. It uses the USB-C port to provide four times the data transfer speeds of any other existing cable—up to 40 Gbps (gigabits per second). This means that one could transfer a 4k movie in less than 30 seconds! Thunderbolt 3 also supports power delivery of up to 100 watts, so you can even charge a laptop connected over Thunderbolt 3.
Thunderbolt 3 is more than just a connector; it’s an interface that can be used on the host connection or the peripheral device, depending on what you are using. For example, if you have two devices connected through Thunderbolt so they can work together, one could act as the host and transmit data while the other acts as a peripheral and receives data. This means that you could have a dock with three USB-A ports, Ethernet, HDMI out, and more all connected over Thunderbolt 3 while still allowing your laptop to transmit information back and forth through the same cable.
Thunderbolt 3 is faster than USB 3.1 Type C but only when the peripherals are using Thunderbolt 3. Even then, the speed advantage is not as large as it could be because USB 3.1 Type C supports other specifications like DisplayPort ALT mode (VESA) and HDMI that allow for higher bandwidth than Thunderbolt 3 alone.
Which One Is Better?
It depends on what you are using it for. If you would like to connect your device to peripherals like docks, monitors, and more to transmit data, Thunderbolt 3 is the better option. If you would like to transfer data between two devices using one cable for power delivery or video output, USB-C supports all of those specifications so it wins out.