Intel believes Thunderbolt will remake mobile computing by endowing laptops with a high-speed, versatile port.
To match Intel's mainstream ambitions for Thunderbolt, though, Intel will have to prove to hardware designers and to consumers that it's got compelling advantages over the alternatives. Today, those are chiefly USB (Universal Serial Bus) and HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Tomorrow, another challenger could arrive in the form of PCI Express Cable, and it's got a strong ally in PC giant Hewlett-Packard.
Getting new input-output technologies to catch on is particularly hard because I/O standards only succeed with support from both … Read more