Apple Chooses Intel's Thunderbolt Over USB 3.0

The highlight in Apple’s new line of MacBook Pro laptops is the new data transfer technology incorporated into the devices. The Thunderbolt, created by Intel Corp., replaces the USB technology found in previous MacBook Pro models.

Intel boasts that its Thunderbolt is the fastest data connection to personal computers in the market, incorporating high-speed data transfer and high-definition display into a single cable. The technology, according to Intel, can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, with a speed of 10Gb per second.

This would make it twice as fast as USB 3.0, 12 times faster than FireWire 800, and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0.

Thunderbolt works by transmitting both raw data and audio-video information at the same time. It uses existing DisplayPort for displays and PCI-Express data protocols for data transfer.

The technology was first introduced on Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops and is expected to appear in upcoming personal computers and peripheral devices as well. However, whether Thunderbolt can replace the industry-standard USB 3.0 is yet to be seen.

Source: Xinhua English, photo from CNN

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