A trip around various Intel research sites didn’t quite go as planned for Gregory Bryant, EVP, and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group. The executive shared and then quickly deleted a photo that revealed that Thunderbolt 5 could support 80 Gbps connections, which is double the bandwidth offered by Thunderbolt 4.
The tweet, which was since deleted and reuploaded without the offending image, shows the text “80G PHY Technology” and “USB 80G is targeted to support the existing USB-C ecosystem.” The first line is the bandwidth mentioned above increase. The second line indicates that Intel is aiming to keep the USB-C connector with higher bandwidth.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Thunderbolt 5 offering double the bandwidth of its predecessor. Intel’s director of I/O strategy in the Client Connectivity Division, Ben Hacker, told The Tom’s Hardware Show that double the bandwidth was achievable.