All USB-C devices can be plugged into, and will work in, a Thunderbolt 3 port, but it will transfer data at the slower USB-C speed. An easy thing to remember is that Thunderbolt 3 ports are technically backward-compatible with USB-C devices. Thunderbolt 3, however, is not (necessarily) USB-C compatible.What is a Thunderbolt cable?
The cable is actually a crossover cable, it swaps all receive and transmit lanes; e.g. HS1TX (P) of the source is connected to HS1RX (P) of the sink. Thunderbolt is the brand name of a hardware interface developed by Intel (in collaboration with Apple) that allows the connection of external peripherals to a computer.Is Thunderbolt USB C?
In layman’s terms: it brings Thunderbolt to USB-C. Thunderbolt is the latest technology for connecting external devices to your PC, and is replacing Firewire (1394) as the standard connection for audio recording interfaces and pro video devices.What is Thunderbolt USB C?
USB-C is a relatively new USB connector that can deliver up to a 10Gbps transfer speed and up to 100 watts of power. It's also fully reversible — nor more worrying about plugging it in the right way. Thunderbolt 3 is a completely different technology that uses USB-C connectors and ports.