The specifications for the upcoming Thunderbolt 5 (TB5) aka Barlow Ridge, the new generation of the popular interface, have officially dropped and they look exactly as everyone had expected. The world has been waiting for Intel to release this information, while the company had already hinted that it will play heavily upon USB4 v2 specs.
Like most good generation leaps, TB5 will support speeds of two to three times that of the previous generation (TB4). Moving from 40Gbps to speeds of up to 80Gbps for most operations, all while continuing to support the TB cables in the market today. So if you have already been making use of TB4 devices, you can use those same cables with new cards and devices that support the new generation. At least, cables up to 1M (meter) in length. Anything further will require a newer cable rated for the bandwidth.
With a noticeable increase in video-intensive operations that will support up to 120Gbps, the new generation will also support PD charging from 140W (minimum support requirement) to up to 240W (support for this is optional in devices).
It will be able to feed up to two 6K monitors at the same time, and will fully support USB4 v2 and DisplayPort 2.1, as well as all previous-generation TB and USB formats that make use of USB-C connectivity.
TB5-supported devices should be launching sometime in 2024, so the wait won’t be much longer. So you can expect to see some amazing hubs and docks hit the market next year from some of your favorite brands that will bring a lot of connectivity with them (with even more speed, more power for charging, more compatibility, and so much more).