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What’s the difference between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt?

What is the difference between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

With the much talked about release of the Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt, a lot of people have asked us “What is the difference between USB and Thunderbolt?”.

USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt

USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
Speed 4.8Gbps 10Gbps
Power for devices 4.5 watts 10 watts
Cost $4.49 (for 2-meter cable) $49.00 (for 2-meter cable)
Connector size 11.5mm X 4.5mm 8.3mm X 5.4mm
Downloading 25GB HD movie 60-75 seconds 30 seconds

Source: Intel, USB-IF

This video from lockergnome explains, in more depth, the differences between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.

Aside from speed, what are the differences between these two ports, and can you switch between the two using an adapter?


In this video, LockerGnome’s Brandon Wirtz tackles the tough questions surrounding these two standards, and explains how the two technologies differ.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt Technology

from Blackmagic Design

Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt

Blackmagic Design today announced Intensity Shuttle, a revolutionary new video capture and playback solution that uses Intel’s groundbreaking Thunderbolt™ technology. Intensity Shuttle makes the highest quality 10-bit SD and HD video affordable for everyone, in a truly portable solution that’s priced at only $239.

Intensity Shuttle features all the video connections needed to connect video cameras, set-top boxes, game consoles, large screen TVs and projectors to a Thunderbolt-enabled computer. The attractive inline design includes HDMI, analog component, composite and S-Video inputs and outputs. These high quality HDMI and RCA connectors are the worldwide standard for connecting digital and analog consumer video equipment.

Thunderbolt™ enabled computers connect to Intensity Shuttle using a single cable that is capable of 10 Gbps data transfer speeds, that’s 20x faster than USB 2.0 and 12x faster than FireWire 800. Intensity Shuttle is powered over the Thunderbolt™ cable and, with no need for an external power supply, is a completely portable device that can be moved easily between laptop and desktop computers.

Pre-order your Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt now!