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Intel Thunderbolt Coming to Windows PCs in April

By - Source: Digitimes | B 25 comments

Thunderbolt could become much more available in April as Intel is apparently working with first-tier vendors to integrate the interface in their systems.

Digitimes reports that Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs are on their way and are being prepared for an early Q2 launch.

Initially, Thunderbolt carried a cost of more than $20 per device and is prohibitively expensive for most computer systems. The cost may drop in the second half of the year as the technology is adapted on a much broader range, but Intel will have to actively support and drive the technology into the market to make it a success.

Digitimes said that Sony will pick up Thunderbolt and Asustek Computer will, at least, put the technology into its high-end systems. Gigabyte will be launching a Thunderbolt motherboard in April. Intel confirmed in September that Acer and Asustek Computer will introduce Thunderbolt computers in 2012 to begin the breakaway of the interface as an Apple-exclusive technology.

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    warmon6 , December 27, 2011 9:10 PM
    Jeez, about time! I was wondering when they would get thunderbolt to others.
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    loomis86 , December 27, 2011 9:20 PM
    It's not TRUE thunderbolt anymore. Its plain old copper wires instead of fiber optic cables.
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    eatfoodnow , December 27, 2011 9:21 PM
    sweet, soon they'll develop some stuff that actually uses thunderbolt now that the technology is being brought to PCs.
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    amk09 , December 27, 2011 9:25 PM
    Why did they have to go and get us all excited about light-peak last year and now in 2012 we are only getting the watered down version of it :( 
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    warmon6 , December 27, 2011 9:35 PM
    loomis86It's not TRUE thunderbolt anymore. Its plain old copper wires instead of fiber optic cables.


    Yeah, most of us already new that for months now. Intel decided that copper could handle the speed requirement + it's cheaper than optics so they went with that for now.
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    iLLz , December 27, 2011 9:38 PM
    loomis86It's not TRUE thunderbolt anymore. Its plain old copper wires instead of fiber optic cables.


    It certainly is TRUE Thunderbolt! It's not TRUE LightPeak. They figured out how to get the full 10Gbps speed on copper so it will be cheaper for us to buy. They won't need the fiber optic cabling until the spec gets bumped to 50 or 100Gbps. Also, I heard you can still get the fiber cabling but it will cost much more.
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    SteelCity1981 , December 27, 2011 10:00 PM
    So i take it Windows 8 will not support Thunderbolt natively then since their hasn't been any mention about it.
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    iamtheking123 , December 27, 2011 10:03 PM
    Meh....Firewire: The Sequel. Another port on my computer I won't use.
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    nikorr , December 27, 2011 10:03 PM
    I kind of like another option like T-bold.
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    DSpider , December 27, 2011 10:08 PM
    The Wikipedia article mentions something about PCI Express compatibility and DisplayPort at the same time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Thunderbolt

    I wonder if they'll ever come out with some external (upgradable) GPUs which you can also use on laptops, netbooks (maybe even tablets) using this technology. Probably something resembling a HDD rack, but for GPUs. Hmmm...
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    jn77 , December 27, 2011 10:15 PM
    This is funny.... I want to know where Firewire would be right now if we were using Firewire 3200, 6400 or 12,800.... and not Firewire 400 or 800. The thing is while all this is great on paper.... (like USB 2.0 was faster than firewire 400) In real life use, Firewire 400 blew USB 2.0 away in real life usage (day to day). ( Will I really get 10gb with thunderbolt?) prob, not.
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    loomis86 , December 27, 2011 10:23 PM
    Aren't we due for a new USB standard? When does USB 4.0 come out?
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    jimmysmitty , December 27, 2011 10:26 PM
    iamtheking123Meh....Firewire: The Sequel. Another port on my computer I won't use.


    Not quite. Firewire was a proprietary port. Thundrbolt not only has its own port but supports USB, DP, ePCIe as well as eSATA. Its more like USB 4.0.
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    molo9000 , December 27, 2011 10:35 PM
    iamtheking123Meh....Firewire: The Sequel. Another port on my computer I won't use.


    Firewire was hugely superior to USB in both speed and "features". daisy-chained devices (no need for hubs), lots of power for external hard drives (45W I believe), dedicated hardware to manage communciation (USB relies on the CPU to manage all the low-level communication)...

    The only reason it never caught on was that it was more expensive to implement than USB.

    Thunderbolt might suffer the same fate.
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    freggo , December 27, 2011 11:38 PM
    Any word as to which OS will support it ?
    i.e. all the way back to XP / Win2k or just Win7 and newer ?
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    anonymous_user , December 28, 2011 1:24 AM
    I suppose its a good thing Intel switched to copper wires else I'd hate to see what the fiber optic option would end up costing.
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    southernshark , December 28, 2011 3:34 AM
    I see this as a complete who cares????
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    jkflipflop98 , December 28, 2011 7:45 AM
    I see the successor catching on like crazy. This one won't go too far I think. It's just here to win hearts and minds before the real show.
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    madooo12 , December 28, 2011 9:26 AM
    jimmysmittyNot quite. Firewire was a proprietary port. Thundrbolt not only has its own port but supports USB, DP, ePCIe as well as eSATA. Its more like USB 4.0.

    is there a USB 4.0, gotta check wikipedia
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    madooo12 , December 28, 2011 9:27 AM
    madooo12is there a USB 4.0, gotta check wikipedia

    Nope nothing on wikipedia
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