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USB SuperSpeed will relegate Thunderbolt to a niche

Lucas Mearian | May 14, 2014
With new specs increasing USB's throughput to 10Gbps, its power up to 100 watts and its cable to a reversible design, Thunderbolt's future could be dim.

For now, Intel seems content with offering Thunderbolt as a "premium" technology.

"I think our expectation of adoption would always be that it would be limited compared to USB," Hacker said. "And that's fine. We, of course, like to see new powerful technology that can really enhance user experiences, but I don't think everyone needs what [Thunderbolt] offers, so perhaps some less than 100% adoption is reasonable."


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