Intel Ready To Release Thunderbolt For PCs In 2012 [Rumor]

Intel Ready To Release Thunderbolt For PCs In 2012 [Rumor]

Intel has reportedly begun notifying PC makers that it will “fully release” its Thunderbolt technology in April of 2012. This means that companies like HP and Dell will be able to sell Thunderbolt-equipped notebooks and desktops.

Apple and Intel partnered for the launch of Thunderbolt, and Apple has made the connection architecture standard for its notebooks and desktop computers, excluding the Mac Pro. It appears that Apple won’t be the only Thunderbolt-equipped computer company on the block anymore.

Intel has allegedly tapped several big-name PC makers to produce Thunderbolt-equipped motherboards, notebooks, and desktop PCs next year. The partnership with Apple was apparently meant to help the “standardization of Thunderbolt,” but Intel now seems to think that it’s time to branch out. Sony has reportedly voiced interest in adopting Thunderbolt already.

Intel has said that it plans to support both Bluetooth 3.0 and now Thunderbolt in its future motherboards. The costs of producing Thunderbolt-equipped computers is expected to go down in 2012, and such an incentive could help PC makers jump on board.

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  • AgentJackBauer

    This is real pathetic of apple – after jan 2011′s announcement of thunderbolt on next gen mbp’s, it’s almost 2012 and yet there are no consumer grade thunderbolt external devices…that is affordable to the common folk.  

    This thunderbolt for apple is just like firewire except you actually see firewire enclosures and the like for consumers who don’t want to pay $900 for an overkill RAID array enclosure.

  • oakdesk23

    “Sony has reportedly voiced interest in adopting Thunderbolt already.”

    Do you mean several months ago when they actually released a laptop with Thunderbolt?

  • Adrian Werner

    Well, what did you expec? Mac marketshare is just to small for most companies to bother. Unless Thunderbolt is widely adapted by Windows PC manufacturers it will never catch on as standard.

  • techgeek01

    Is there really a need for Thunderbolt on PC computers?

    1) Majority of consumers probably don’t care if they have a Thunderbolt equipped device, because they don’t have a need for it. (USB/wi-fi connecting is plenty fast for them, plus picking a 1TB external harddrive for under $100 is far cheaper than any Thunderbolt external “hard-drive”)

    2)  A lot of PC’s are Tower PC’s (Like Mac Pro)  It’s cheaper, easier (and probably faster ) to put the hard/CD/DVD (including graphics, sound cards, whatever it may be) into the device itself than having your desk cluttered with all the ports, external harddrives and such.

    3) Professional grade laptops have a dock, where all is needed is to “drop” the device into it and you can connect display, drives, etc… (and I believe it also charges the devices as well) 

  • Mike Rathjen

    Jack Bauer,

    Surely an elite agent such as yourself with endless government budget support can appreciate having the very best equipment, such as Thunderbolt. If you had a mere Firewire enclosure think how much slower you would have transferred data of a terrorist’s computer, thus exposing yourself to danger for longer than necessary.

  • Ronald Stepp

    faster external hard drives

  • techgeek01

    Well, is there a need for faster external hard drives, if your computer is capable of having up to 21TB of storage within itself?

    Edit 2: If you pick up the proper Tower and configure it properly, you can have upwards to 40TB (40,000 GB) of storage. Maybe break the 50 TB limit. (I believed I saw cases that have 12+ slots you can put hard drives, CD/DVD drives in and such.

    So, why have faster external hard drives if you can stick it all into the machine?

  • techgeek01

    Well, is there a need for faster external hard drives, if your computer is capable of having up to 21TB of storage within itself?

    Edit 2: If you pick up the proper Tower and configure it properly, you can have upwards to 40TB (40,000 GB) of storage. Maybe break the 50 TB limit. (I believed I saw cases that have 12+ slots you can put hard drives, CD/DVD drives in and such.

    So, why have faster external hard drives if you can stick it all into the machine?

  • Dilbert A

    ha!

  • Dilbert A

    I’m sadden by this also Jack, but we’ll just have to wait.

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