USB 4 will help your PC, phone and gadgets get along in 2020

From CNET: USB has come a long way since its humble origins as a better port for plugging your mouse or printer into your PC. And it's going to take a big step further late next year with the release of products with the technology's latest version, USB 4.

Announced this week, USB 4 will offer data transfer to 40 gigabits per second, double today's USB 3.2 speeds. And it has other improvements, too, because USB is swallowing up technology from Thunderbolt, a competing premium format that Intel decided to share freely.

"We get the one connector that works with everything, offers high-end performance and works not just on high-end systems," the premium niche that Thunderbolt never escaped, said Technalysis Research analyst Bob O'Donnell. "In the end, life will get much easier for everybody."

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