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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

A version of this article appeared in the April 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.