Low Cost Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 Hub

Hello People of Plugable,

My name is Alexander and I have a product suggestion. So, I own a mid-2011 iMac, and have no USB 3.0 ports. This is an issue for me, as I have a USB 3.0 compatible External Drive, and cannot use the speed it is capable of. I do, however, have a Thunderbolt port. So my first thought was this: Is there a Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 adapter on the market? It turns out there is. One. Which costs $80, a huge amount for a small adapter.

My idea for you is this: You guys, who know USB Hubs pretty well, could make a low cost adapter for Thunderbolt (1 or 2, they're both faster than USB) to USB 3.0. Also, because of the speed of Thunderbolt, you could have the adapter have as many as 4 USB 3.0 ports without loss in data transfer rate. I know that I and many other would pay up to $30 for this, as it would be incredibly useful to people without USB 3.0 ports on their computers.

I hope you consider this and can make it a reality.

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