Intel is reportedly preparing to deploy its Light Peak transfer protocol during the first half of 2011.
According to CNET's Brooke Crothers, the technology - which could hit the streets early in the year - will "pave the way" for ultra high-speed connections on both PCs (Windows) and Macs (OS X).
The protocol is significantly faster than USB 3, as it is capable of achieving sustained data transfers of 10 gigabits per second in both directions - simultaneously.
"In this respect, Light Peak eclipses USB 3, which is not [yet] supported by Apple and is only supported sporadically by PC makers on certain models," wrote Crothers.
"The reason? Intel has yet to support USB 3 in the chipsets that accompany its processors."
Crothers also noted that that not everyone in the industry was waiting for Light Peak with "bated breath," including several hardline detractors.
"[Some] claim it won't be widely implemented and that PC makers are, instead, gearing up for USB 3. [Still], the USB 3 start-up phase has been going on for a long time.
"Moreover, [superspeed] USB is now available on laptops from HP, Dell and Asus - but only very selectively. [This is] not exactly a ringing endorsement [of the protocol]."