Intel has finally announced the launch of Thunderbolt, a new technology for connecting computers and peripherals. The Thunderbolt system which is said to be able to transfer data twice as fast as the USB 3.0 was first announced under the codename, Light Peak, in 2009. For now, Thunderbolt top speed is expected to be limited to 10 Gbps which is still far below its theoretical maximum speed due to the current use of copper wires instead of optic fibre cables. According to Intel, future versions of the Thunderbolt connect will be able to attain 100 Gbps.
With many manufacturers such as computer and HDTV makers, waiting to take advantage of the new system, Apple will become the first to use the Thunderbolt. Already, the organisation is expected to gradually move towards using a single connector starting with its Macbook Pro laptop. However, it remains to be seen whether Thunderbolt will be appealing to consumers or not, with price expected to play a major role.
What does the future hold for other connector standards, such as USB and Firewire?