Sony to offer Thunderbolt in notebooks, use its own connector?

ultimate mobile pc Sony to offer Thunderbolt in notebooks, use its own connector?

It's been a rumour since Intel's announcement of its Thunderbolt interface that Sony, as well as potentially HP and Dell were going to come on-board. Now it seems like the first details of what Sony has been up to are starting to emerge, but it all seems a little bit strange. Sony is said to be adding Thunderbolt support to its "Ultimate Mobile PC" which the company teased a little while back, but not via the mini DisplayPort connector that Apple has gone for.

It's been a rumour since Intel's announcement of its Thunderbolt interface that Sony, as well as potentially HP and Dell were going to come on-board. Now it seems like the first details of what Sony has been up to are starting to emerge, but it all seems a little bit strange. Sony is said to be adding Thunderbolt support to its "Ultimate Mobile PC" which the company teased a little while back, but not via the mini DisplayPort connector that Apple has gone for.

Instead, Sony is said to be using a modified USB port, something we're fairly certain that both the USB-IF and Intel aren't going to be too happy about. We wouldn't put it past Sony to do something like this, as the company has a long history of coming up with its own standards, some that prevailed and others that we'd rather forget about.

ultimate mobile pc Sony to offer Thunderbolt in notebooks, use its own connector?

The Thunderbolt port on the "Ultimate Mobile PC" is said to be used for connecting the notebook to a docking solution which will hold a discrete AMD GPU 6700M series GPU, a USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port and even a Blu-ray burner. We'll have to wait and see how this develops, but let's hope Sony has enough sense to stick to the standard that has already been decided upon, even if it's an Apple/Intel standard, but even so, a standard is better than everyone doing their own thing.

Source: Engadget

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