Intel’s “Ivy Bridge” to Support USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Technology

In a recent announcement at the Intel Developer Conference in Beijing, Intel’s Vice President of the Architecture Group, Kirk Sakaugen, confirmed that Intel’s 2012 client platform will support both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt technologies. According to CNET, this integration is set to debut with the launch of the “Ivy Bridge” processors in the first half of 2012, succeeding the current “Sandy Bridge” processors used in the latest MacBook Pros.

For the first time in a decade, Intel is incorporating the most advanced USB standard directly into its processors.

Previously, Intel incorporated USB 3.0 into a limited number of its high-end motherboards using a separate component from NEC. USB 3.0 offers speeds up to 4.8 Gbps, which is significantly faster than USB 2.0.

Thunderbolt technology, however, surpasses USB 3.0, enabling simultaneous data transfers and DisplayPort video streaming at speeds up to 10 Gbps on a single cable.

While specific details on when Thunderbolt will be integrated into Intel’s technology remain undisclosed, The Inquirer suggests that the January debut of “Sandy Bridge” would have been an ideal opportunity for Intel to include USB 3.0 in its chips. The delay may indicate a strategic preference for promoting Thunderbolt.

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