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  • Thunderbolt Coming to PCs This Spring Resulting in More Thunderbolt Accessories



    The always-interesting Digitimes is claiming Intel and Apple’s I/O lovechild Thunderbolt will finally make its way to PCs this Spring.

    According to the report Intel will “fully release” its Thunderbolt interface in April of 2012. Intel is currently prepping Thunderbolt compatible motherboards, laptops, and desktop PCs in lieu of the launch.

    Apple’s Thunderbolt integration is relatively common across their Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, iMac and Mac Mini lines, but limiting the I/O interface to only Mac products has created a verifiable shortage of third-party devices that take advantage of the technology. Also, the ones that do, like Lacie’s Little Big Disk, come at a premium.

    However, the proliferation of Thunderbolt throughout the computing world, as well as dropping component prices in 2012 according to Digitimes, will help increase the number of third-party products that actually use the tech and decrease the price of these products as well. Hopefully competition between Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 finally brings about the next generation of high speed I/O interfaces many video editing, and power users have been waiting for.

    Source: Digitimes [via MacRumors]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Thunderbolt Coming to PCs This Spring Resulting in More Thunderbolt Accessories started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      It's about time! I'm terribly disappointed in the limited selection of peripherals for it and their sickeningly high prices.
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      It's about time! I'm terribly disappointed in the limited selection of peripherals for it and their sickeningly high prices.
      I agree, as a video editing professional I was crazy excited about the possibility of transferring, editing, and storing video on insanely fast external drives...but so far the selection is too limited and the prices too high to justify the bump in performance.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Cool, I'm a Mac user but I would like to build my own PC someday.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Good. PC's need this if they're going to compete with Macs
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      ??? Where did you get this from?
      I was in the computer shop today and they have thunderbolt motherboards already so this is nothing new? Maybe to macs but its already out for PCs.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      in lieu of the launch.
      I do not think that means what you think it means.
    1. dz302's Avatar
      dz302 -
      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      I do not think that means what you think it means.
      lol. It very seldom does.

      dz