An Intel technology called “Thunderbolt” is creating quite a storm in the computer and gadget worlds. Thunderbolt will allow you to transfer photos, videos and files from other devices to a computer faster than ever before.
Intel’s new Thunderbolt cable and port system claims to be 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire, both of which are its main competitors. As per Intel’s news release, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds.
For tech-heads in the audience, Thunderbolt transfers files at a rate of 10 gigabits per second. Its closest competitor, USB 3.0, allows for file transfers at a rate of 5 gigabits per second – so Thunderbolt is twice as fast. Intel developed this technology in coordination with Apple. So, for now, it’s only available on Apple’s new MacBook Pro line, which debuted on couple of days back, the same day Intel announced Thunderbolt.
It’s going to be awhile before Thunderbolt becomes widely adopted, but several manufacturers have said they intend to develop new hardware that’s compatible with it. Most of the gadgets will be geared towards video and audio editing professionals, but more consumer-grade devices are sure to trickle through as the year goes on.