Gigabyte Technology has introduced that a number of its forthcoming mainboards for Intel Corp’s and has a code-name “Skylake” processors can support the Thunderbolt 3 technology in addition to USB 3.1 type-C ports. Gigabyte is among the biggest manufacturers of mainboards in the world and its support of the new standard is tough to overestimate.

To permit Thunderbolt 3 with around 40Gb/s of bandwidth and USB 3.1 with around 10Gb/s transfer-rates on selected Intel 100-series mainboards, Gigabyte made a plan to use the code-named “Alpine Ridge” controller. Currently, the “Alpine Ridge” is the main chip that supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, PCI Express and also the DisplayPort technologies.

Intel’s “Alpine Ridge” chip utilizes four PCI Express 3 .0 lanes of the company’s 100-series core-logic as well as DisplayPort features from the processor. Due to the fact that optimum bandwidth supported by the controller is about 4GB/s, the chip can manage simultaneous and prolonged 10Gb/s bandwidth over two USB 3.1 ports. Gigabyte’s forthcoming mainboards offering Intel 100-series chipsets can offer each USB type-A receptacles best with classic USB devices along with USB 3.1 type-C receptacles created for newer peripherals.

In the first quarter of 2015 Gigabyte Technology usually sold between 4 .7 – 4 .8 million mainboards. The plan of the company is to utilize “Alpine Ridge” controller on its motherboards demonstrates an important success for the chip. Due to adoption of the controller by Gigabyte, its competitors will probably follow and discharge their platforms with “Alpine Ridge”, Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1.

It will be estimated that LGA1151 mainboards for Intel “Skylake” processors would probably become available to the market in August or September. Their pricing is determined by particular features and configurations.

The Thunderbolt 3 has three interconnection technologies: SuperSpeed+ USB 3 .1, DisplayPort 1.2 and PCI Express 3.0. The new technology encourages optimum bandwidth of 40Gb/s, it could produce approximately 15W of power to any bus-powered device. The Thunderbolt 3 is determined by passive copper cables with around 2 meters of length to offer optimum bandwidth of around 20Gb/s for Thunderbolt, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort interconnections. For 40Gb/s transfer-rates are expensive active copper cables are needed. Thunderbolt 3.0 ports may also be utilized for charging.

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