The Ivy Bridge-based ultrabook range from Acer, Asus and Lenovo are expected to arrive sometime in Q2 of 2012 and guess what, Thunderbolt connectivity is coming along. So it’s all coming to the ultrabooks; multiple connections via one port, and supporting both PCI-Express data transmissions and DisplayPort image/video transmissions via one cable. The Thunderbolt technology is also expected to be included in high-end desktops and notebooks later this year.
Gigabyte is also working with Intel to develop their own motherboards specifically designed for retail desktop PCs. “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,” Gigabyte said.
They also foresee 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.
Apple seems to have plans to add USB 3.0 connectivity to its next MacBook Air range, which means USB 3.0 connections could then be rolled out to the rest of Apple’s computer systems.
Anyway, the Thunderbolt technology is still kind of expensive, so the ultrabooks will cost $20 more per unit.
Well, you will have to pay for smart stuff.