Notebook Makers Ready to Strike with Thunderbolt

Paul Lilly

In May 2011, Hewlett-Packard said it hadn't found a "value proposition" in Intel's Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak) interface, and come to find out, Thunderbolt controllers are 10 times more expensive than USB 3.0 chips. Big whoop, HP's stance isn't getting in the way of other system makers jumping on the high-speed interface.

Acer, Asus, and Lenovo are all planning to launch Ultrabooks based on Intel's Ivy Bridge platform with Thunderbolt support in the second quarter of 2012, DigiTimes reports . In fact, Acer's already announced its Aspire S5 Ultrabook, supposedly the thinnest the world has ever seen, and the first to implement a Thunderbolt port.

It's not just for notebooks. DigiTimes claims to have heard from "industry sources" that Gigabyte will roll out a line of motherboards supporting Intel's high-speed interface around the same time as the next wave of Ultrabooks appear. Ivy Bridge also natively supports the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 spec, so it will be interesting to see if Thunderbolt can thrive alongside it.

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