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.