Intel's Prototype Thunderbolt Flash Drive Is the World's Fastest

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You can officially stop bragging about how fast your fancy new USB 3.0 flash drive is. At the Computex show in Taipei Intel was showing off this hacked together prototype of a dedicated Thunderbolt 128GB flash drive boasting data transfer speeds of 10 Gbit/s, or about twice as fast as USB 3.0's max. And now that Thunderbolt 2 has been introduced, waiting around for large files to copy to your flash drive could be a thing of the past.

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Of course Intel had no word on when consumers could get their hands on the Thunderbolt flash drive, if ever. But there was plenty of interest in it, and as the protocol becomes more popular, it's safe to assume at some point these will move past the prototype stage—hopefully with that adorably compact form factor still intact. [PCWorld]

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brentrose
Brent Rose

The geek in me loves this, but USB 3.0 is just so much more compatible, since it fits right in USB 2.0, and since the reason I'm generally putting something on a thumb drive is so that I can share it/print it/use it somewhere else, Thunderbolt just isn't that ubiquitous yet.