Thunderbolt port for Windows expected on Intel Ivy Bridge launch
Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:37 AM
Cactus Ridge is Intel's first Thunderbolt chip that supports Windows, and is expected to launch alongside the chipmaker's upcoming Ivy Bridge CPU.
Cnet reports that Ivy Bridge should land on April 23, and Intel is making a push among partners to include Thunderbolt support in motherboards built for their new CPUs. The company obviously has a vested interest in seeing this happen: it co-created the technology alongside Apple and, with USB 3.0 taking hold in the industry, Intel’s window is closing fast.
Ivy Bridge CPUs will have integrated support for USB 3.0 but not for Thunderbolt, so the additional controller is required. Acer, Asustek, and Lenovo are expected to be some of the first to debut the high-speed interface for Windows computers, but it is believed the option will be restricted to high-end laptops and desktops.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:52 PM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:07 PM
I'm pretty sure that Thunderbolt is superior to USB 3.0, theoretically. The problem is, of course, finding peripherals that actually can plug into that damn thing.
Why so much fuss about Thunderbolt when we have USB 3.0?