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USB 3.0 to become mainstream in 2012, says Lenovo exec

USB 3.0 to become mainstream in 2012, says Lenovo exec24 May 2011 17:33:39

Devices using the USB 3.0 interface, such as USB memory sticks, will be commonplace by next year, it has been predicted.

According to Lenovo's top product manager for the ThinkPad laptop line, USB 3.0, which allows for far quicker transfer of data then its predecessor, will move into the mainstream over the next year.

"In 2012 USB 3.0 will be a mainstream technology," Jason Parrish, worldwide product manager for Lenovo ThinkPad, told cnet.com.

"And we see 2011 as the transition year for USB 3.0 as it starts to come into more and more products."

Meanwhile, Mr Parrish claims Intel's rival Thunderbolt platform will be restricted to a few high-end laptops.

But he added: "We're talking to our customers ... And assessing if Thunderbolt is the technology they need."

His comments follow Lenovo's recent launch of the new ThinkPad X1, which comes with a USB 3.0 interface, as well as being the company's slimmest ThinkPad to date. ADNFCR-2752-ID-800555682-ADNFCR

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