Updated: January 25th, 2021

In 2021, we’ll see USB4 begin to appear in computing products and peripherals. The latest iteration of the USB standard will be fast and backward compatible.

In the connector world, upgrades usually mean two things: higher speed and more power. This time around, the arrival of a new USB connector also means more compatibility. In 2021, a new generation of technology products will feature USB4, the latest USB standard. USB4 operates within the same form factor as the reversible, rounded oval USB Type-C connector, enhanced with Intel’s fast Thunderbolt technology. The stable interface means select older USB products will have partial to full compatibility with USB4, including USB 3.2, USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and many Thunderbolt 3 devices. This will