USB 3.0 Standard is Thunderbolted


Do you remember having to power down your PC and your printer before plugging it in? Before the days of USB, there was parallel and serial. USB was innovative because it introduced plug-and-play and was able to supply power to charge USB devices. Intel plans to revolutionize the device connectivity standards again with promises to consolidate all the wires behind your computer to a single wire. Intel’s Thunderbolt, formerly known as Light Peak technology, boasts 10Gbps speeds compared to USB 3.0’s 5Gbps. Apple is already planning to release its products with this interface, which is the biggest deal.

Firewire IEEE1394 versus USB 2.0

It was not too long ago when Apple was pushing its Firewire IEEE1394 standard. 2 different interface standards essentially coexisted in the market. USB 2.0 and Firewire were at odds with USB 2.0 advertising a 480 Mbps speed and Firewire a 400 Mbps interface. In the end, Firewire was benchmarked to be a quicker interface, but the universal nature of USB and it’s widespread device support kept it alive.

Thunderbolt Connector Plug


Now, Intel’s Thunderbolt is battling with USB 3.0 over market dominance. Thunderbolt has the edge over USB 3.0 in terms of speed by a factor of 2 to 1. Thunderbolt is also a smaller plug and is advertising the ability to daisy chain all devices to a single wire. USB 3.0 does has its benefits, however, in being reverse compatible with previous USB devices. There’s no telling where the market will go, but based on the past it seems that we may have a split market again.


Check out Apple’s Latest MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt here:




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JR Cajigas is a foodie by day and...foodie by night. In between meals he is a tech writer and photographer. Yummers!