Intel introduced Thunderbolt first in Apple Macbooks in February last year and is one of the few connection standards that are completely royalty-free. All thats needed to be taken into account is the cost of implementing the port and driver support (courtesy of Intel). Thunderbolt uses the same basic design as the mini Displayport standard and its backwards-compatible with all current Displayport hardware.
With any luck, Intel’s drive to put out more Ultrabooks this year will no doubt yield results, especially seeing the kinds of specs manufacturers like ASUS are pulling out of their hats. But while low-power Core i5 processors, SSDs and large batteries aren’t exactly the mark of innovation, Thunderbolt may be the connection standard that beats DVI, HDMI and Displayport in the end. It could well herald a new age of products that all use a single connector, limiting the clutter of cables on the desk and showing off more versatile capabilities than USB 3.0.