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Intel demos Thunderbolt for Windows, anti-theft tech

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Wed September 14, 2011

Intel shows Thunderbolt finally coming to Windows

Intel's day two Developer Forum keynote saw it introduce Thunderbolt for Windows systems for the first time. A prototype notebook running Windows 7 was shown using the port for the high-speed storage previously only available to Macs. The company had previously acknowledged that Apple had a year's headstart because of its early co-development of the standard.

Windows systems with the true Thunderbolt standard aren't anticipated until early 2012, in sync with the new Ivy Bridge processor. Sony is already using a proprietary approach to Thunderbolt in the a VAIO Z that only works for its special external graphics and optical drive dock.

Shown at the same time by Intel's PC Client head Mooly Eden also showed prototypes of ultrabooks, or ultraportables based on the core ultrathin but high-speed template of the MacBook Air, that would use Ivy Bridge. While not necessarily different on the outside, many systems are now expected to include Intel Anti-Theft and a matching Identity Protection companion. Both are hardware-level technologies independent of the OS and could help find and lock down a stolen notebook as well as wipe it clear in the event it's unlikely to be found again.

Ivy Bridge regardless of implementation is expected to be significantly more efficient per clock than the current Core design, Sandy Bridge. Graphics will also get their second major upgrade in as many years and could see Intel integrated video that starts to compete with mid-range graphics but doesn't consume any extra power.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969



    wow, pc laptops are looking more and more like macbooks all the time

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This means...

    Apple is ready to ditch the three-year-old design and move onto something new.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So PCs need anti-theft tech when they look like Apple laptops?

  1. Integr8d

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This makes...

    ...all of seven people that will now be using Thunderbolt; 4 editors, 2 musicians, and one fanboy that thought it was a mini-ethernet controller, shaved the plastic off his cat-5 connector and jammed it in there. "The unholy power of my Thunderbolt-equipped Macbook Pro will surely take my 5Mb connection to 10Gb," he thought... Fanboys; the world could use less.

    Thank you, Intel, for putting USB3 into your next lappie chipset. I can finally use my external storage device at practical speeds. Surely, any mechanical hard drive will not saturate that port for years to come.

    (Has anyone noticed that the 'hidden' posts are often the most interesting?)

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