Keeping the technology alive
While even Apple is admitting that Thunderbolt is a damp squib and rushing to the arms of USB-C, it seems that Intel has not given up on the interconnect technology.
What happens when you have Apple as a partner
Alpine Ridge will manage 40Gbits/sec
But when will see actual products?
4K support, up to 20Gbps
New SSDs, Thunderbolt SSD coming
Thunderbolt ports still there
Will have a Klingon on the bridge
Ivy Bridge boards to have optical Thunderbolt
Could be expensive and only for niche purposes