In order to benefit from the upcoming, ultra-fast version of USB 4, you won’t even need to purchase a brand-new cable. The next-generation USB Version 2.0 standard, which would double the bandwidth of current USB 4 ports from 40 Gbps to up to 80 Gbps, is currently “waiting release,” according to the USB Promoter Group.

Surprisingly, the new standard also works with older USB 4 cords. This implies that when the new standard is released, existing USB-C cables that are capable of 40 Gbps will likewise receive the increased rates. “Up to 80 Gbps operation, based on a new physical layer architecture, employing current 40 Gbps USB Type-C passive cables and newly-defined 80 Gbps USB Type-C active cables,” according to the press release, is one of the revised USB4 solution’s key features.

Although a spokesperson for the USB Promoter Group told The Verge that it was “a requirement when the new specification was developed and the specifics as to how 80Gbps signaling is accomplished will be disclosed once the final specification is released,” the organization did not go into detail about how that was possible.

When the new standard will actually be available to customers is still uncertain. It might still be some time before the rest of us can obtain PCs with the new super-fast connector, according to the USB Promoter Group’s news statement, which stated that the “upgrade is specifically geared to developers at this time.”

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