UL’s Taiwan lab approved for Thunderbolt testing

UL Solutions’ Taipei laboratory has been approved by Intel to conduct Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 host and device product certification testing.

The testing and certification company said the lab in the Taiwanese capital conducts electrical and functional testing on Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 host products, such as laptop and desktop computers and monitor and docking station devices.

Thunderbolt ports and cables were developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple for the connection of external peripherals to a computer. Thunderbolt 4 is the latest generation of the interface and is capable of transferring data, outputting a display and providing power.

It is the most comprehensive Thunderbolt specification to date and complies with the broadest set of industry-standard specifications, including USB4®, DisplayPort™ and PCI Express (PCIe®), and is fully compatible with prior generations of Thunderbolt and USB products, UL Solutions said.

“UL Solutions is proud to help our customers advance the performance of products using Thunderbolt by evaluating compliance against specifications and applicable standards,” said Eric Bulington, product management director in the engineered materials group at UL Solutions.

UL Solutions evaluates Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 host and device products based on Thunderbolt specifications and UL/IEC 62368-1, Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment - Part 1: Safety Requirements.

“UL Solutions’ certification program is important to the continued success of Thunderbolt and demonstrates to customers that products meet the compliance and interoperability requirements expected of the Thunderbolt standard,” said Jason Ziller, general manager, client connectivity division at Intel. “We are pleased to have them as an authorized test center for hosts and devices.”