9 2, 2022
Beaverton, OR, USA – September 1, 2022 – The USB Promoter Group today announced the pending release of the USB4® Version 2.0 specification, a major update to enable up to 80 Gbps of data performance over the USB Type-C® cable and connector. The USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) specifications will also be updated to enable this higher level of data performance. All of these specification updates are expected to be published in advance of this year’s series of USB DevDays developer events planned for November.
As a member of the USB-IF Association's Interface Specification Working Group, Hynetek Semiconductor actively participated in the development of USB4® version 2.0 and provided constructive input on improving transfer rates.
“Once again following USB tradition, this updated USB4 specification doubles data performance to deliver higher levels of functionality to the USB Type-C ecosystem,” said Brad Saunders, USB Promoter Group Chairman. “Solutions seeing the most benefit from this speed enhancement include higher-performance displays, storage, and USB-based hubs and docks.”
Key characteristics of the updated USB4 solution include:
• Up to 80 Gbps operation, based on a new physical layer architecture, using existing 40 Gbps USB Type-C passive cables and newly-defined 80 Gbps USB Type-C active cables.
• Updates to data and display protocols to better use the increase in available bandwidth.
o USB data architecture updates now enable USB 3.2 data tunneling to exceed 20 Gbps.
o Updated to align with the latest versions of the DisplayPort and PCIe specifications.
• Backward compatibility with USB4 Version 1.0, USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt™ 3