Note: Exact release dates will be known after Thunderbolt™ 3 certification of each device is complete.
For our first wave of products, this is expected in Q2 2016.
Thunderbolt™ 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gb/s, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power.
Plugable’s line of Thunderbolt 3 products
Flagship Thunderbolt 3 dock (Plugable TBT3-UDV)
Expected Q4 2016, Estimated street price $219 USD
Plugable’s new Thunderbolt 3 Dock will eliminate the need to constantly plug and unplug multiple devices to your notebook or tablet. The dock’s anodized aluminum enclosure and black bezel design can be positioned horizontally or vertically. Connect two uncompressed 4K 60Hz (4096 x 2160) displays (one via a DisplayPort++ port and the other via the 2nd USB-C port), up to three USB 3.0 devices, Gigabit Ethernet, and stereo audio in/out all while creating a more productive and clutter free workspace. The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the dock supports up to 5 daisy chained Thunderbolt 3 devices, up to 128 USB 3.1 (10Gb/s) devices, or the second DisplayPort display.
Supports USB Power Delivery (PD) 2.0 with support for charging compatible laptops and tablets up to 60W. Note that PD support is system dependent — only certain computers will charge via the USB-C connector.
Volume Thunderbolt 3 dock (Plugable TBT3-UD1)
Expected October 2016, Estimated street price $179 USD
All the same functionality as our flagship dock, with charging limited to 15W (5V 3A) to the host laptop or tablet.
- Gigabit Ethernet (Network Connection)
- USB 3.0 (USB Peripherals)
- Audio Line In (Microphone)
- Audio Line Out (Headphones / Speakers)
- Identical to #6
- Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C 3.1 Gen2. Connect one port to host Computer and second port to any Thunderbolt 3 or USB device
- DisplayPort++ (Additional Display)
- Power In (12V DC / 6A)
- USB 3.0 (USB Peripherals)
- USB-C 3.1 Gen1 (USB devices only, does not support Thunderbolt devices or VESA Alternate Mode video output)
Thunderbolt 3 HDMI Dual-Display Adapter (Plugable TBT3-HDMI2X)
Launched May 2016, Estimated street price $99 USD
Supports two HDMI monitors up to 4K 30Hz (3840 x 2160), uncompressed and at full GPU performance.
Thunderbolt 3 DisplayPort Dual-Display Adapter (Plugable TBT3-DP2X)
Launched May 2016, Estimated street price $89 USD
Supports two DisplayPort monitors up to 4K 60Hz (4096 x 2160), uncompressed and at full GPU performance. These are “native” DisplayPort ports, so conversion to HDMI or VGA can only be done with active adapters (not less expensive DP++ passive adapters). So generally we recommend this adapter for enthusiasts who who have chosen DisplayPort native monitors with the best possible performance and resolution in mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can a Thunderbolt 3 dock or adapter work in any system with any USB-C (USB Type C) port?
A: No. Thunderbolt 3 docks and adapters will only work with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C computers and ports. Connecting to a USB-C port without Thunderbolt 3 capability will not work. Note that computers and docks may have a mix of Thunderbolt 3 and other USB-C ports that look very similar. Look for the Thunderbolt icon on both sides of the connection to ensure compatibility.
Q: Will the Thunderbolt 3 dock charge my phone, tablet, or laptop with a USB-C cable?
A: Thunderbolt 3 uses the standard charging methods available with the USB-C connector. Thunderbolt 3 certification also insures a minimum bar that Thunderbolt 3 ports must signal 5V 3A of available power, and handle up to 15W draw on that port. Optionally, hosts and devices may support the more complex USB Power Delivery (PD) specification, which would allow negotiation up to 100W per port.
That’s the good news. The more complex site of the story is there is no requirement for laptops, tablets, or phones to use the USB-C port for charging. Some with USB-C ports will only charge via a DC barrel plug. Some will charge on USB-C, but only when connected to their own branded power adapters. Others may require a specific voltage during PD negotiation which don’t match any voltage offered by the power adapter, so the negotiation fails. And the PD spec is evolving from version 2 (current devices) to version 3 (devices later in 2016).
Because of these factors, charging behavior is device specific. We will be providing tables with test results with the most common laptops, tablets, and phones when used with our Thunderbolt 3 and other USB-C docks.
Q: I have a DisplayPort monitor. How can I connect it via Thunderbolt 3?
A: Any Thunderbolt 3 dock or adapter with DisplayPort or DisplayPort++ ports will connect to DisplayPort monitors directly. If the monitor has only a mini-DisplayPort (mDP) connector, a DP to mDP adapter is needed.
Q: I have a HDMI monitor. How can I connect it via Thunderbolt 3?
A: The Plugable TBT3-HDMI2X adapter will support your HDMI monitor without additional adapters. For Thunderbolt 3 docks with a DisplayPort++ port, you can use it in combination with any DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter (active or passive).
Q: I have a VGA monitor. How can I connect it via Thunderbolt 3?
A: For the Thunderbolt 3 docks with a DisplayPort++ port, you can use it in combination with any DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter (active or passive). For Thunderbolt 3 dual-display adapters, your best choice is the dual-display HDMI adapter, with two active HDMI-to-VGA adapters like our $16.95 Plugable HDMI-VGA cable.
Q: I have a DVI monitor. How can I connect it via Thunderbolt 3?
A: For Thunderbolt 3 docks with a DisplayPort++ port, you can use it in combination with any DisplayPort-to-DVI adapter (active or passive). For Thunderbolt 3 dual-display adapters, your best choice is the dual-display HDMI adapter, which can then be combined with any passive HDMI to DVI cable.