It has been unveiled this week by industry sources that Acer, Asus and Lenovo could be adding Thunderbolt collectivity to their Ivy Bridge-based ultrabook ranges, which are expected to launch sometime in the second quarter of this year.
The addition of the new Thunderbolt connectivity on ultrabooks will however come at a price as the new Thunderbolt technology is still relatively expensive, adding around $20 to the cost of a unit.
The new Thunderbolt technology is also expected to be integrated into high-end desktops and notebooks later this year. Enabling multiple connections via one port, and supporting both PCI-Express data transmissions and DisplayPort image/video transmissions via one cable. Gigabyte is working closely with Intel to develop their own motherboards specifically designed for retail desktop PCs. Gigabyte explained to the Tom’s Hardware site:
“We plan to continue our leadership position in the USB 3.0 desktop motherboards space with more SuperSpeed USB ports on more models than ever before, while also seeing huge potential for Thunderbolt on the desktop for PC case and other accessory vendors who want to offer multiple easily accessible high speed connectors from a single motherboard interface.”
It’s also thought that Apple may be looking to add USB 3.0, connectivity to its next MacBook Air range, which will undoubtedly then allow USB 3.0 connections roll out to the rest of Apple’s computer systems.
Source: Toms Hardware