Intel just emailed me to clarify a point from its Ivy Bridge presentation on Tuesday. While USB 3.0 will finally be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt will not. Intel clarified that the interface will be featured on some 2012 platforms but it wouldn’t be on all and it won’t be integrated into the chipset.
Wonder if this is due to the HP – the world’s leading PC OEM by market share – saying they have no plans to support Thunderbolt and are picking USB 3.0 instead?
This is what happens when you allow a boutique OEM (Apple) to dictate your mass market product plans.