Intel Thunderbolt's Lightning-Fast Data Transfer Tech Leaves Firewires And USBs In The Digital Dust

Thunderbolt, Intel's latest input-output interface, transfers data at lightning-fast speeds--12 times quicker than predecessor Firewire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Introduced to Apple products last February, Thunderbolt hits PCs this month. Everyone's digital lives just accelerated.

Full-length HD movie

One year's worth of MP3s

1,000 two-page Word documents


3.5 minutes

130.6 minutes

1.9 seconds

Firewire 800

7.2 minutes

265.3 minutes

3.8 seconds

USB 2.0

12 minutes

442.8 minutes

6.3 seconds

Source: Macworld

A version of this article appears in the April 2012 issue of Fats Company

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