Thunderbolt can transfer data at a speed of 10Gbps, while the currently used USB 3.0 interface offers about half that speed.
Earlier his week, Intel Thunderbolt 2, which doubles the speed of the protocol to 20Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 ports will be available in computers by the end of this year.
Thunderbolt supports the PCI-Express 2.0 data transfer and DisplayPort protocols.
Intel is also developing a low-power Thunderbolt technology for mobile devices.