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Intel announced a new Thunderbolt 3 Controller for 2018 Monitors and Docking Stations Last Week that delivers many benefits


Last Thursday Intel quietly announced the Intel Thunderbolt 3 controller JHL7x40 series, code named Titan Ridge. The JHL7440 controller was specifically designed for Thunderbolt 3 monitor and enterprise dock makers who will be able to offer new features to clients and consumers in 2018.


Intel notes that "Starting in 2018 a number of leading monitor makers will offer business professionals, gamers, and consumers Thunderbolt 3 monitors based on the JHL7440 controller.


By connecting a monitor and notebook with one Thunderbolt 3 cable, business professionals can increase productivity without extensive cabling. They may charge their notebook directly from the monitor, eliminating the need for an additional power supply.


Since Thunderbolt 3 video bandwidth is up to four times more than HDMI, professionals can better visualize complex information and lessen eye strain by selecting monitors with the highest resolution and refresh rate.


Also, users can daisy chain an additional 4K monitor – allowing easy set-up of two monitors.


For data intensive environments, users will experience industry leading performance – at 40Gb/s, Thunderbolt 3 monitors offer data rates up to 8x faster than USB 3.0 for connecting the latest Thunderbolt 3 and USB devices.


For gamers who demand a highly immersive experience – Thunderbolt 3 monitors can offer the performance and features that transport gamers to another world. Gamers can connect one or daisy chain two Thunderbolt 3 monitors with 2560 x 1440 resolution at a 144Hz refresh rate, while simultaneously transferring massive game libraries between a notebook and game drive at up to 40Gb/s.


Desktop gamers will appreciate comfortably connecting the latest Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 peripherals to the monitor on the desk, rather than reaching down to the desktop PC on the floor.


Similar to business users and gamers, consumers can enjoy the simplicity of connecting their notebook and monitor with one Thunderbolt 3 cable for notebook charging, amazing picture quality, and basic connectivity to Thunderbolt and USB devices. A Thunderbolt 3 monitor offers users a simple way to connect fast SSDs to expand the storage capacity of a capacity limited notebook – or capture, edit, and share 4K video on YouTube with ease.


Thunderbolt 3 monitor makers may benefit by offering additional USB-C computer port compatibility. A monitor could offer the highest resolution and refresh rate possible, while simultaneously offering the most data bandwidth possible when the Thunderbolt 3 monitor is connected to a Thunderbolt 3 computer port. However, when the Thunderbolt 3 monitor is connected to a USB-C computer port the Thunderbolt 3 monitor can offer basic compatibility depending on the video, data, and power capabilities offered by the USB-C computer port."


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