HP PSG Evaluating Thunderbolt for Display Connectivity
9/14/2011 by: Theo Valich
On HP-Intel joint breakfast held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown San Francisco, HP veteral Jeff Wood (Vice President Global Marketing, HP Commercial Solutions) touched HP's current stand on Thunderbolt.
Jeff Wood, Vice President Global Marketing, HP Commercial Solutions Business Unit
The company is currently evaluating Thunderbolt technology, but the company was taken aback with the quick adoption of USB 3.0 - as the USB 3.0 ecosystem sprung to life during 2011.
While all HP displays feature DisplayPort and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future, HP is looking into utilizing Thunderbolt as a display connectivity solution and evaluating the option of putting the Thunderbolt connector on a discrete graphics card.
At current point in time, neither NVIDIA nor AMD offer Thunderbolt connectivity on their contemporary graphics cards, but that is bound to change with the upcoming 28nm graphics cards, the Southern Islands architecture from AMD and a refreshed GeForce 600 series from NVIDIA (or with Kepler in first quarter 2012).
Will HP adopt Thunderbolt or LightPeak (as in Sony's USB-cable like approach)? Your guess is as good as ours.
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