Thunderbolt, Ultrabooks could be dynamic duo
Rumors surfaced recently that chipmaker Intel® is planning to include support for Thunderbolt™ ports in several upcoming Ultrabook™ computer models. If true, the addition of the connection interface could be a significant factor in boosting the Ultrabook's appeal.
Thunderbolt so far has only been seen on Apple® laptops. Like the Ultrabook itself, the technology was developed by Intel, so it makes sense that it would appear on future models of the super-slim laptop computers. With the addition of Thunderbolt, Ultrabooks would provide high-speed connectivity support for multiple devices through a single port, cutting down on clutter and lag.
Technology news provider CNET notes that this could greatly improve the Ultrabook's appeal, especially in the business sector. Thunderbolt would allow for greater flexibility from employees' Ultrabooks, potentially enhancing efficiency and convenience.
One obstacle, however, may be compatibility, as CNET states that the dock connector would likely not be able to interact with many older systems.
Intel has announced that it sees the Ultrabook accounting for 40 percent of the notebook market in 2012. While some say this is a lofty goal, the addition of Thunderbolt may make it a more realistic one.