Players in the PC industry believe that the upcoming launch of development kits for Intel's new Thunderbolt connections could affect the adoption of USB 3.0 that will only represent a transitional technology.

Thunderbolt is a technology that allows transfers up to 10 Gb / s via an electric cable or optical standard. For now, it is only used by Apple in its latest MacBook Pro but should be democratized in the coming months with the provision by Intel in 3rd quarter 2011 development kits for Thunderbolt and the arrival of devices employing this technology.

Sony is already considering the adoption of Thunderbolt for future high-end laptops and many Intel claims that this technology may well coexist with USB 3.0 - especially as its next-generation chipsets will support it natively, some believe it's just a way for Intel to not put all your eggs in one basket.