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USB4: Based On Thunderbolt 3. Two Times The Data Rate, At 40Gbps
The Register, March 4th, 2019
"USB version 4 is on the way, offering double the fastest possible USB data transfer rate over the previous generation: a satisfying 40Gbps.

On Monday, the USB Promoter Group announced the new spec is ready to be revealed, just a week after details of the latest iteration of the current standard - USB 3.2 - was released.

Note, we're talking about USB communications here: how the data is transferred over the lines, not the physical plugs and sockets. This announcement means future devices and computers can use USB4 to shove files and other information between each other much faster, typically via physical USB-C connectors.

USB4 - yes, no space - is based on Intel's Thunderbolt 3 specifications, and will allow for multiple simultaneous data and display linkages, meaning that you can use it for several different devices at the same time, and each data transfer will be adjusted dynamically between each bit of kit..."

Inside The High-Stakes Race To Make Quantum Computers Work
Wired, March 8th, 2019
"Deep beneath the Franco-Swiss border, the Large Hadron Collider is sleeping. But it won't be quiet for long. Over the coming years, the world's largest particle accelerator will be supercharged, increasing the number of proton collisions per second by a factor of two and a half. Once the work is complete in 2026, researchers hope to unlock some of the most fundamental questions in the universe. But with the increased power will come a deluge of data the likes of which high-energy physics has never seen before. And, right now, humanity has no way of knowing what the collider might find..."
    Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives (March 2019)
    ZDNet, March 8th, 2019
    "Here is a selection of single board computers for homebrew projects, automation, and even AI and ML..."
    A Brief Guide To USB 4 For Mac And IoS Users
    ComputerWorld, March 8th, 2019
    "The USB Promoter Group has announced the next-generation USB-4 standard. This will provide a range of benefits for most computer users, including those on the Apple platform.

    What are they saying?

    The USB4 architecture is based on the Thunderbolt protocol specification recently contributed by Intel Corporation. It doubles the bandwidth of USB and enables multiple simultaneous data and display protocols.

    'The primary goal of USB is to deliver the best user experience combining data, display and power delivery over a user-friendly and robust cable and connector solution,' said Brad Saunders, USB Promoter Group Chairman..."

    5 Major Robotics Trends To Watch For In 2019
    Forbes, March 8th, 2019
    "Robots have revolutionized the manufacturing and industrial world in recent decades, and are starting to make their move into the wider world of business as well as our homes, too.

    While robotic workers are now commonplace in sectors such as automobile and electronics manufacturing, 2019 should see increasingly widespread adoption across food production, retail, healthcare, and distribution operations..."

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