For the last few weeks it has been fairly quiet on the Thunderbolt front.
Then all of a sudden, with a flash of lightning, along comes a major development. The first x86 Windows based computer with a Thunderbolt port (be it optional).
OK, this has been on the cards for a while but it has now actually arrived (well later this year anyway).
Gigabyte have introduced the 14” U2442N and U2442V Ultrabook™ at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.
The U2442V is listed as an Ultrabook as it boosts an Intel® Core™ i5/i7 ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor. This falls within the Ultrabook specifications set down by Intel.
In comparison the U2442N has an Intel® Core™i5/i7 standard voltage processor. Each processor offers excellent performance.
The U2442N and U2442V have a very high screen resolution of 1600×900, powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GT640M GPU with 2GB VRAM.
Both models have the same sleek design with a backlight display and keyboard. Only 18.5-20.5mm thick and weighing from 1.5kg, depending on the extras. There is a choice of either an SSD or traditional hard drive so that will make a difference to the weight.
Not only does it offer a Thunderbolt I/O, there are also USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 ports available.
With the Ivy Bridge platform due to be released later this year, chances are Acer and Asus will be next.
The sign of things to come.