60W docking station combines Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C PD

July 16, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
StarTech has worked with Intel to develop a docking station for dual monitors that supports both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity with the latest USB-C power Delivery standard
StarTech has worked with Intel to develop a docking station for dual monitors that supports both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity with the latest Power Delivery PD3.0 standard

When using Thunderbolt and USB-C, users often need to properly match a particular docking station to a laptop to take full advantage of its capabilities. Using a docking station not properly matched to the laptop can cause suboptimal performance such as only one of two monitors functioning or the dock not working at all, which could result in dissatisfied users, IT support, product returns, lost productivity or having to carry multiple different docking station SKUs for mixed computing environments.

Startech worked with Intel on the TB3CDK2DPUE Dual-4K Docking Station to take advantage of the versatility of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C while minimizing connectivity confusion. This enables quick and easy out-of-the-box deployment of productivity enhancing workspaces without having to worry about a PC’s Type-C port compatibility and drivers. It has passed rigorous Thunderbolt certification for Mac and Windows systems with Thunderbolt 3 ports while still maintaining compatibility with non-Thunderbolt PCs that have USB-C ports.

“This docking station was designed with both the IT Professional and user in mind by providing the highest performance while minimizing USB-C connectivity confusion and support,” said Nirav Gandhi, Vice President of Product Development at StarTech. “Using the latest Thunderbolt 3 technology from Intel along with its ease-of-use, this docking station intelligently adapts to Windows or Mac, Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C laptops so users can focus on productivity instead of compatibility.”

 “Solutions like StarTech’s Thunderbolt 3 docking station address the rigorous demands of corporate IT with ease of mass deployment, broad PC compatibility and the best user experience,” said Jason Ziller, General Manager of the Client Connectivity Division at Intel. “At 40 Gbps, the latest generation of Thunderbolt 3 PCs and peripherals offer unprecedented performance, compatibility and convenience through a single cable connection.”

The TB3CDK2DPUE is a single docking solution that intelligently adapts the performance output based on the PC’s capabilities.


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